As a very young child, Laurel would walk several paces in front of her mother’s lawnmower, sparing every toad from its sharp blades. Since then, she has never stopped trying to save the world.
“I’m much more realistic now about what I can accomplish,” she says. “And I focus on helping to improve life for my fellow humans.”
Leveraging her skills and training in communications and marketing, Laurel focused her career on crafting compelling stories and messages that inspire and motivate people to take action. She joined The Village in 2013 and is now responsible for internal and external communications, including program marketing, managing the website and social media accounts, producing newsletters and the annual report, supporting major events, and upholding The Village’s brand standards.
“My favorite part of this work is bringing to life the stories of people who have overcome incredible challenges to find stability and success with help from The Village,” she says. “They are an inspiration to me, and I hope they inspire others to seek help from or support the work of The Village.”
Prior to joining The Village, Laurel served as Senior Communications Officer with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and as an account lead for a brand strategy firm.
She has received several awards from the Public Relations Society of America for her work on newsletters and websites.
Laurel earned her bachelor’s in communications from Central Connecticut State University.
What quote best captures your personal philosophy?
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
― Ian MacLaren
What is something unexpected that most people don’t know about you?
In addition to my love of amphibians, I’m a certified yoga instructor with training in hatha yoga, trauma-sensitive yoga and children’s yoga. I teach a weekly yoga class at Eagle House, The Village’s sub-acute residential treatment program for kids ages 6-13.
What would you most want the clients of The Village to know about you?
That I honor and respect the journey they’re on.