Laura is the new Supervisory Visitor Services Manager at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. A native of Houston, Texas, Laura received her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University and her Master of Science degree in Forestry (Forest Recreation) from Stephen F. Austin State University. During her graduate studies, she served as the Conservation Education Fellow at Welder Wildlife Refuge. She has spent her last 11 years working in the Midwest Region at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (Fergus Falls Wetland Management District), Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and most recently at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. She is excited to be back in south Texas and looks forward to working with the Friends of Aransas & Matagorda Island. “Stay tuned” for news on some of the plans she has for Visitor Services in the next few months.