Raised in a small town in rural Iowa, Laura’s early passions included animals, music, time on her grandparents’ farm, and reading. After high school, Laura joined the US Marine Corps to serve our country, while getting her college education. After the Marines, she found her way to the nonprofit world where she discovered her passion for helping others. Eventually, she landed in North Carolina where she began to work for the State Employees Combined Campaign in 2005, connecting charities to state employees. Laura & her son Marcus have called Raleigh home for 15 years now. She still enjoys playing the piano, reading, and working in her small garden, but when the opportunity strikes, she loves to travel, exploring historical sites near and far.
Ariel is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Creative Advertising and General Business. Growing up in Holly Springs, North Carolina, her early years were spent working in agriculture and creating music. Ariel worked for Quality Equipment, LLC., an affiliate of John Deere, for eight years throughout both high school and college. She came back to Raleigh to work for Cisco until joining EarthShare NC and the SECC team. Ariel enjoys singing, playing multiple instruments, cooking, and being outdoors. She and her husband live in Raleigh with their dog, Harrison.