Laurel received her B.A. in Theatre Performance from NAU in 2002, and also attended Hunter College CUNY and Stella Adler Theatre Conservatory in New York City. Laurel’s worked as a Program Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff. and spent four years running a college-access program for low-income high school students called GEAR UP. At FALA, she volunteered as a Big Sister, and continued to mentor for three years. Another part of her life is teaching yoga at Northern Arizona Yoga Center. Her husband, Johnny Swoope, and she are part of the team that puts on Firefly, an annual arts and consciousness festival.