Laura has been an avid outdoors woman for as long as she can remember. She was a wilderness EMT for many years and a member of the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team. Laura was a four-season AMC trip leader for over 15 years, and taught Advanced Winter Wilderness Travel and Winter Backpacking at AMC workshops for 8 years.
She has been an active participant on SSMC trip for several years, climbing Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier via the Emmons-Winthrop glacier route and the Kautz glacier routes, and participating in several Huntington Ravine climbs. She led trips Rainier via the Emmons-Winthrop route in 2012 and 2014, and on Mt. Olympus in 2016. You can find her rock or ice climbing every weekend, and in the weight room 3 days a week training. During the summer she hikes Mt. Washington weekly collecting plant phenology data.
Laura lives in Springfield, NH with her husband Jon, chocolate labrador retriever Percy, and cats Pu and Mori. She is the Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty at Colby-Sawyer College and Professor of Environmental Studies. Her areas of scholarship include natural history, history of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and human culture of the North Country of New Hampshire.