Bringing care, understanding and constant volunteerism to the community.
Laurie is the manager of legal operations at FirstEnergy. A 42-year veteran with the company, she started in the mailroom the Monday after high school graduation. But she wasn’t satisfied to simply stay in the mail room. She attended night school for many years, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Seton Hill University, which allowed her to work her way up through the company to her current position.
A person others depend on and feel as though they can come to personally, Laurie loves being there for her family, friends, and community at all times. Proof of this is in the fact that she’s been volunteering in one form or another for almost 30 years around the Pittsburgh area. “I’m passionate about helping people or being there to help them in their times of need.” Helping and being someone others can count on is truly in Laurie’s nature.
And it’s this natural way of caring for others that makes United Way’s Women’s Leadership Committee (WLC) such a great fit. Involved with the organization for over 30 years, Laurie loves the mission that WLC is on. “You can relate on a one-to-one basis with most of the members. They’re all passionate about what WLC stands for. They’re always looking at what the greatest needs are now.”
As a big fan of the WLC breakfast speakers’ series, Laurie has gleaned a lot from the different people who have told their stories. But it’s being around other members that Laurie really enjoys. “The opportunity to meet so many inspiring women you don’t know in your own community—to see what these women have done and what they are empowered to do for the community—and for members of the community. It’s a great organization.”
When she’s not giving back to the community, Laurie enjoys running charity 5ks, attending country music concerts, and just being outdoors with her husband of over 35 years, Sam.
To learn more about United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, contact Lynne Popash at firstname.lastname@example.org in Allegheny County, Terri Dominick at Terri.Dominick@unitedwayswpa.org in Westmoreland County, or Sherrie Dunlap Gallagher at email@example.com in Butler County.