Laura received her Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Oregon where she studied Pre-Columbian and Colonial Mexico. Her thesis centered on The Florentine Codex with a particular look at the ways indigenous communities conceptualized and represented the natural world and how Franciscan friars utilized this worldview in their missionary work. After serving in various roles of university administration, Laura took a position as a museum educator for the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. In this position she oversaw an extensive docent program, managed the museum’s educational program and events calendar, and served as an active gallery teacher for PK-12 groups, university classes, and adult audiences. Before joining Illinois Art Station as the Executive Director in 2020, Laura served on the board of the Vermillion Area Arts Council and volunteered with the University Galleries at the University of South Dakota developing educational programs.