Laurie is a graduate of Colorado State University-Pueblo. She studied Mass Communications with a double emphasis in new media and radio broadcasting. She participated in Associated Students' Government, residence life, multicultural center, Upward Bound residence life, the college radio station, and the cheerleading squad.
She has cheered for 11 years as well as serving as co-captain in high school and captain all 4 years in college. During her radio days, she spent 2 years on Rev89, a hip hop and R&B station. During her second year, she was a co-host on the morning show. She also interned with KRDO News Radio during the weekends.
Laurie has 10+ years of pageantry under her belt as a competitor, judge, emcee, and director. Laurie is the acting director and owner of Bright Futures Pageant; an online pageant that focuses on what's important in someone's head and heart. She is also the National Director of the Miss American Ambassador Pageant that is open to everyone who ever wanted to step into pageantry. Laurie is also a co-host on the popular podcast, "That Podcast with L.Piddy & Jon Jon"