Laura’s career as a communicator began in college as a reporter and music personality on two Bowling Green (OH) campus radio stations. 15 years in radio overlapped seven years in television and spanned roles including news director, assignment editor, on-air reporter, features stringer for network radio and television and associate producer. Her TV work on a series on Education in Georgia won her an Emmy nomination; her work with a team of television news professionals won her a Green Eyeshade award from the Society of Professional Journalists when a Navy jet fighter crashed north of Atlanta.
In 1994, Laura left broadcast news to become a public information officer for the state of Georgia, first for its prison system and then at the state Medicaid agency. Work on a joint project for children with Kaiser Permanente’s Georgia office brought her into the corporate sector and resulted in a move to the health plan’s national offices in California, where she led efforts to promote Kaiser’s medical research and online medical records system for patients, the first of its kind in for a major U.S. health plan. Her most recent position was as Director of Communications for a nascent (now defunct) effort to create a 10-campus School of Global Health within the University of California system, based at UC San Francisco.
*completed IHC Certificate with M.A.