Master in Public Administration from Troy University 2001.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Central Florida 1995 -Go Knights!
Laura is originally from Ohio but came to Florida in 1988 for her college education. She has 15+ years of working with children and families through programming and development (4 of those years working with children on the autism spectrum). Laura loves working with people and has a wealth of knowledge in Customer Service and Communications.
She has been with us in many capacities for the past 5 years, during which time she has enjoyed the diverse and challenging population, “the staff and patients at GFR are fun, loving, and energetic”.
She began her new adventure with Grace Adaptive Driving by becoming a CDI in 2014 and has enjoyed learning and growing with our Driving team. This has been a natural as well as challenging and fun fit due to her previous experience with Autism and special needs. It’s a special feeling to know that our work has helped many become more confident and safe enough to drive. They acquire skills on the road to full independence.
Laura is solution oriented. She extends herself in many areas, mentoring staff, students, and getting questions answered from all directions. She’s behind all the coordination for billing. She’s a team player, keeping things calm, solving problems. She cares about the patients and wants to get them needed treatments. As you might know, insurance payments are very stingy and bureaucratic, but we try our best.
As a Driver Instructor, she is patient and calm, providing appropriate feedback to help steer students on the right path.
Giving back to the community is important to Laura and her children. They volunteer at churches and participate with several volunteer groups in Hillsborough County.
In her spare time, she enjoys the beaches, movies, good books, gardening, and new adventures with friends and family!