Laura grew up in a small town in West Virginia and throughout her life, she always felt called to help those in need. She focused her education on the criminal justice system in order to help those navigate the complexities of the legal system. She graduated from West Virginia University with her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice which led her to Pittsburgh.
Laura began her career in the nonprofit world with a local victim service organization as an advocate for people who were going through the hardest time in their lives after experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, or other crimes such as assault or homicide. Over the next 7 years, she would gain vital experience that would lead her on the path to earning her master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. Looking to make a lasting impact, she shifted her focus from direct services to a new position in the world of development.
In August of 2021, Laura felt called to action as she learned of a position with Hekima Place and knew this organization was meant for her. Committing her career to encouraging, supporting, and empowering young women to become the best versions of themselves they can be called to her and she knew she was joining the perfect organization for her. She joined the Hekima family and immediately jumped in eager to learn everything there was to learn. Since then, Laura has dedicated herself to living out the vision that Kate began in 2005. Having a chance to be a part of the lives of each and every girl who comes to Hekima Place reminds her of the positive change happening through the work of Hekima Place.