Laurie holds master’s degrees in supply chain and business analytics and brings her expertise as an academic, management consultant, and corporate executive to the board of directors. She taught business statistics and logistics at the University of Tennessee and worked as a management consultant with dozens of manufacturing and consumer goods organizations before spending nine years at Radio Systems Corporation/PetSafe. Laurie has most recently returned to the consulting world as a leadership and development coach for individuals and teams. She has served on several nonprofit boards including Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, STAR, Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley, Akima, Knoxville Symphony League, and Zoo Knoxville Circle of Friends. Laurie is currently working on becoming a certified forest therapy guide. She and her husband live in Knoxville, Tennessee, and have two children, two grandchildren, and three greyhounds.