New to Friends of Tanzania, Laurie has a bachelor's of arts in International Relations from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and J. D. from the University of California at San Francisco, Hastings College of the law. Besides practicing law for a few years, she taught law at California State University at Long Beach and at Fullerton College. She also taught English in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Laurie has served with a number of non-profit, volunteer run organizations, and has volunteered many hours with her church, including assisting with her church's work with refugees. Most relevantly, Laurie volunteered for many years with AFS (foreign exchange students), hosting students, planning programs, and serving on the board in Colorado. In addition, she volunteers with Lutheran Family Services (refugee services) in Denver, and has worked with refugees in Phoenix and Virginia.
In the summer of 2013, Laurie joined several F.O.T. members in visiting various F.O.T. project sites in northern Tanzania. Laurie's daughter will be joining the peace corps to serve in Mozambique later this year.