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Laura grew up in Minocqua and Waupaca, WI. She attended UW-Madison from 2000-2006 and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology. She concurrently served in the Army National Guard from March 2001-2009 as a Military Police Officer. Laura deployed to Baghdad, Iraq from March 2003 to July 2004. She is the author of Sirens, an authentic, honest, and candid look at life as a female soldier in the Iraq War. After graduating from UW-Madison, Laura taught Physical Education in Aylesbury, England in 2007. In 2008, she worked as an Activities Director in Fargo, ND for individuals with special needs. Wanting to move closer to home and utilize her degree, Laura worked as a physical education teacher and Dean of Students at Madison West High School from 2008-2017. She received a masters in Educational Leadership through Cardinal Stritch in 2011 and a masters in Experiential Education from UW-LaCrosse in 2012. She used her administrative degree when she assumed the role of Waupaca Middle School Principal from 2017-2021. Laura is now a business consultant who helps business leaders develop more buy-in, belonging, and connections.

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