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Although Laura and her family moved to the Lehigh Valley over 20 years ago from the Boston area, she considers Bethlehem her true home. A great lover of classical and world music, she listens almost exclusively to WDIY and the other NPR radio stations in an around Eastern Pennsylvania.
Over the last few decades, Laura has been actively involved in many civic, educative and religious projects and organizations. She is currently the Secretary to the Assembly of the Baha'i Faith of Bethlehem, the Treasurer of the Bethlehem Branch of the NAACP, co-chair of the Racial Justice Coalition of the YWCA of Bethlehem and member of its Board. In the past Laura was involved with the 100th anniversary of the Parliament of Religions in both Allentown and Chicago, the Interfaith Alliance of Lehigh Valley, and the 350th Anniversary of Bethlehem. Recently she had an opportunity to do something that had been a life-long dream - to work at the United Nations in NY. In February 2007 she interned at the UN for the Commission for the Advancement of Women and worked with women and girls of every continent.
Laura is mother to one son, Stephen, and married to Henry Lawrence who currently works at Dun and Bradstreet. She continues to work towards the upliftment of women around the world, racial justice and the education of children with the aim of raising a prejudice-free generation.