Laura is an award-winning new author. Her short piece, “Mama’s Ring,” won second place in a writing contest held by Xulon Press in the summer of 2012. In “Mama’s Ring,” she tells the story of God’s grace in offering her reconciliation with her alcoholic mother, after her mother’s death. She has presented this story in the forms of writing, oral storytelling, and dance at various venues around Colorado.
She has been a speaker/presenter at women’s retreats, workshops, and dance festivals for over ten years. Her presentations and workshops focus on teaching others how to tell their stories and how to dance in praise, prayer, and worship to the Lord Jesus Christ. She writes a blog called Livin’ What You’re Given and offers stories of encouragement, recovery, and inspiration through the lenses of experience, faith, and humor.
Laura earned her Master of Arts degree from Regis University in Denver in May 2009. Her MA is in “Storytelling through Creative Movement.” Laura’s Master’s work produced the book Moving into the Holy, an instructional guide that teaches dancers and non-dancers the value of sacred dance as storytelling, praise, prayer and worship. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, and she is former president of the ASN Alumni Club in Denver.
Laura has performed, competed in, and taught Irish step dance. She also has performed and taught Messianic dance, African healing dance, and interpretive liturgical dance. Her students have included all ages from preschoolers to adults. She is a competitive dancer with several gold and silver medals to her credit. She believes that dance is another way to tell our stories. And she finds inspiration for choreography and her stories by traveling the world, as well as by spending time in the Rocky Mountains, especially on the Western Slope of her home state, Colorado.
She lives in Montrose, Colorado with her husband Keith. She has one son (Gabriel), two stepchildren (Laurie and Orin), and three grandchildren (Tom, Katie, and Sophia).