Laurie ‘s life was forever changed when she met the Lord at age 17 at Young Life’s Camp Malibu. She felt God’s calling to work with the vulnerable and oppressed and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. She has worked in that field for over 30 years addressing the issues of child abuse and also unplanned pregnancy/adoption. Along with her role as a social worker, she is a widow and mother of 3 grown kids (Hannah, Tabitha and Seth) and a grandma to two. She moved to Bellingham from Wenatchee to be the live-in caregiver for her parents for 12 years, both who have now passed away. Laurie believes God has gifted her with the gifts “helps and administration” and those gifts have been evidenced both in her work and spiritual life. She has served as a social work program manager, supervisor and administrator for over 16 years as well serving on the DV Commission and Brigid Collins Child Advocacy Steering committees within the community. She was on the “startup team” that created Skookum House, a 72-hour emergency response home for children entering the foster care system. Laurie has worked with Royal Family Kids Camp for over 10 years, has served on the Hillcrest trafficking awareness team, was part of the team that went to Thailand and Cambodia to work alongside 2 anti-trafficking organizations and is a past secretary of the Hillcrest Council. She has been part of a small group since moving to Bellingham (about 17 years) and is part of the Hillcrest tech and safety teams.