Laura is the Regional Disaster Officer and her number one purpose is to manage a team which responds to a number of large and small disasters which can happen on any given day. Her connection to the American Red Cross began in her youth, when she completed babysitting, CPR and lifeguard training. As an adult she became a certified shelter manager and realized her personal mission and passion to help others aligned with that of the Red Cross, and she officially joined the organization as an East Texas Disaster Specialist. She went on to serve as the Regional Manager of Individual Preparedness and Community Resiliency for the North Texas Region and was promoted to Executive Director of the Lubbock chapter. These assignments allowed her to act as Assistant Director and Deputy Director on more than a dozen Red Cross response operations across Texas and Oklahoma.
Since joining the ranks of the Texas Gulf Coast, Laura has lead five large scale Red Cross disaster responses and her team responds to approximately 1,600 home fires annually.
Laura holds a B.S. from Seton Hall University, is certified in Red Cross Operation Management and has completed graduate level coursework in public administration.