Lauri began work in the non-profit sector in 1985 as a door-to-door canvasser for West Virginian Citizen Action Group. Since that time she has served in development and executive roles for non-profit organizations ranging from Mountain State Aides Network to Indiana County Humane Society. Lauri considers herself a life-time learner, and the variety of her professional career experiences reflect that sentiment: magazine and newsmagazine editor, Restorative Justice Trainer for National Institute of Corrections, still photographer for a National Education and Arts documentary, and even a yoga instructor. Prior to joining United Way of North Central Florida, Lauri established Evergreen Boys & Girls Clubs of Indiana County. During her tenure as Executive Director, one Club site grew into thirteen Club sites. Lauri is a BNI Results on Fire member and serves as advisor to Emerging Leaders Unite.
Lauri holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from West Virginia University.
Hometown: Morgantown West Virginia. Although born in WV, Lauri and her family moved to Florida when she was four. She considers herself a Florida girl through and through.
Why I do this work: As a child, my Mom once asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I replied, “I don’t know. I just know I want to help make the world better.” Through my professional career and my personal volunteer efforts, I have worked to accomplish this. Over the years, I have had the privilege of serving with numerous volunteer community boards, councils, and organizations that promote recreation and conservation, social equity and justice, tourism and economic development, and health and wellness. A leader in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services once stated, “It’s important for us to realize that the people walking into our offices are probably not having good day. We must remember that we are there to serve at their convenience, not our own.” I am here to serve.