Laura grew up in New Orleans, LA where she fell in love with gumbo and live oak trees. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Leadership and Development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN before heading off to the Big Apple to serve with FOCUS at Columbia University for three years.  She now resides in Colorado where she likes to hike and mountain bike. She currently serves on the FOCUS Missions team and is earning her Master’s degree in International Development from the University of Denver.