Vice President of Development, Metro Community Provider Network
From a very young age, Laura knew she wanted to spend her life helping others. She grew up in Colorado and was fortunate enough to travel outside of the state to work on her education. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychobiology from the University of California, Riverside and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Infant Development, from Rutgers University.
Following graduate school, Laura returned to Colorado and spent a number of years in early childhood education, where she worked with infants. She also facilitated parent support and education groups for first time parents of infants and families who needed a refresher on infant development. In 2003, Laura took the position of Project Manager for Volunteers of America Rainbow House, a child care program for HIV-positive families. This is where she first became familiar with the Foster Grandparent Program and where her passion for seniors began. In 2007, Laura began managing the Foster Grandparent Program, a program designed for low-income seniors over 55 to share their time, experience, and love with at-risk children and youth.
2010 brought a new direction for Laura, when she took a position with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health. In 2013, Laura made yet another career change and took the position of Grants Manager and Advocacy Liaison at Metro Community Provider Network, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves uninsured and under-insured individuals in Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson, and Park Counties.
Laura and her husband, Nik, have been married since 2013. They live in Highlands Ranch with their kids and enjoy sports, the outdoors, and family time!