Laura’s passion for genealogy developed several years ago, when her aunt began tracing the family tree back to 1800’s Germany. Because Laura so enjoyed sharing this rich history with her siblings, her father eventually gifted her with a leather-bound book of their family tree.
At the age of 48, Laura decided to start a family history book for her grandchildren. Intrigued by the new home DNA tests and the ancestral information they could provide, she felt this would be a wonderful upgrade to include in the family history, never guessing that the test would change her life in ways she could never have imagined.
Initially, when Laura’s results arrived, she believed the test results to be faulty. Although she noticed several maternal matches, there were many names she did not recognize. Odder still was the fact that none of the paternal cousins who had tested were listed among Laura’s matches. It didn’t take long for Laura to realize the truth.
Building upon her past experiences with genealogy, Laura quickly learned how to read DNA matches to determine probable relationships. She began creating mirror trees, reading centimorgans and recognizing anomalies in data. Within two weeks, she was able to determine the identity of her biological father.
Laura’s personal journey has provided her with insight into the unique emotional needs of Not Parent Expected (NPE), adoptee, and donor conceived individuals, along with the skills required to find answers. Since many people who uncover this information lack a strong support network, Laura has made it a personal mission to help others navigate their newfound knowledge and find answers and closure. Along with several individuals who have previously benefited from her help, Laura co-founded a dedicated network of volunteers who began working together to address the needs of this growing community. In February 2019, DNAngels was formed and in September 2019, the organization was formally recognized as a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization.
Serving as our Executive Director, Laura oversees and assigns casework to the Angels Team. She coordinates interdepartmental projects and continues to solve a staggering number of cases in her role as Lead Genetic Genealogist. Leveraging her professional background in Corporate Sales Management, Laura has helped to grow and evolve the DNAngels organization to meet the growing needs of the NPE, adoptee and donor conceived community.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid reader.