Laurie is married to Steve and they farm in Northern Illinois. They have 4 adult children. Joe, their second son has HCU and Type 1 Diabetes. Laurie worked on the  Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a commodities trader before children and after having kids; she volunteered in her community. Her works includes Princeton Library Board of Trustee for 13 years, Illinois Valley Community College Trustee for 4 years,  and Master Gardener among many others. She has a Bachelor of Art degree from Lake Forest College and a grant writing certificate from Northwestern University. Laurie is getting her 200 RYT certification in yoga teaching in October 2018. She hopes to bring her energy and enthusiasm to HCU Network America and serve in any way she can.