Laura feels humbled and blessed to have spent the past twenty years in the healthcare field serving as an advocate for the residents in her care and for the staff that she has had the privilege to know. Laura started her journey as a CNA and then spent 10 years as an LPN prior to going back to school to earn her RN degree. Her entire nursing career has been spent in skilled nursing and long term care as she has a passion and a deep commitment to serving the greatest generation.
Laura has worked as a Charge nurse, a Staff Development Coordinator, an MDS nurse, Assistant Director of Nursing, Director of Nursing, and as a Regional Consultant. In 2011, Laura was named Director of Nursing of the Year by Kansas Healthcare Association (KHCA).
Laura is known for her sense of humor, her leadership skills, and for her ability to inspire and teach others. She would never ask someone to do something that she would not do herself. Laura believes that through good leadership, focus on employees, and consistency, each center can be a home and not just a place to work.
As a Regional Consultant, Laura is able to spend time in centers doing education, data analysis, and systems review to ensure that federal regulations are being followed and that best practices are being used in the centers she supports.
Laura and her husband, Wil, have lived in Topeka, Kansas for the past 16 years. They have two grown daughters, Melissa and Kellie who are also Registered Nurses. In her free time, Laura enjoys reading, attending baseball games (Go Royals), and traveling.