Laura Quick | Emerge Pennsylvania

Class of 2016

Laura QuickS. Laura Quick grew up in the Palmyra/Campbelltown area (Lebanon County) where during her high school years was very active in track and field, theater productions and various clubs. She developed her leadership skills by being president of Peer Counselors, a counselor in the 7th grade outdoor education program, editor-in-chief of the school paper, assistant director for the production of “Our Town” and participating in the Palmyra Lions Leadership Camp at Messiah College. For many years she volunteered at Genesis in Hershey as a peer counselor for youths struggling with drug and alcohol problems. By her junior year, she had already been accepted into Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). During the summers between academic years at IUP, Laura worked at Hersheypark as a ride operator and by the second summer was promoted to ride area supervisor. While at IUP she participated in a study abroad program in England, studying at Wroxton College and Mansfield College, Oxford University. Her senior year she became president of the Equestrian Team and finished her studies with an internship in Washington, DC in conjunction with the Washington Center at the United States Information Agency (USIA).

Laura used her degree to work with international exchange organizations in the Washington DC area. She also continued volunteer work with a program in Rock Creek Park using horses and horseback riding to help “at risk” youths. In 1991 Laura moved to France where she taught English and learned to speak fluent French. She continued her work in international exchange as a volunteer for Youth for Understanding, France and organized and led orientations for all foreign exchange students in France. In 1993 Laura arranged a two-week educational exchange with the French high school students where she was teaching in suburban Paris with her alma mater, Palmyra Area High School.

Upon her return to the US in 1994, Laura enrolled in school to obtain her teaching certificate and from 1996-1999 taught French in Pennsylvania public schools. In April of 1999, she was blessed with her son, Merrick and promptly became focused on being a mother. In March of 2000, Laura began working at United Parcel Service and 2009, at the age of 43, began to take guitar lessons and within 6 months started playing at local “open mic” nights. Until 2012, Laura was focused on motherhood and working full-time, but the call to community involvement and the desire to help others soon became too strong to resist and renewed her involvement in community organizations. In 2013, Laura became a member of the Women’s Leadership Network of the United Way of the Capital Region. Inspired by the networking of local businesses and charity organizations by a local arena football team, the Harrisburg Stampede, Laura successfully coordinated the attendance of the Stampede at a June 2014 event hosted by an anti-bullying charity, Stand for the Silent (Palmyra chapter). She also helped that same charity become a designate donor with the United Way of the Capital Region. In 2015 Laura was asked to be vice-president of that Palmyra chapter of Stand for the Silent. During Laura’s short tenure so far, the chapter has expanded its outreach to include 4 counties (Lebanon, Lancaster, Cumberland and Dauphin) and hosted its first 5k race in October of 2015. In addition to working full-time at UPS, Laura has also started her own home-based business.

Laura has accomplished much in her life thus far but continues to educate herself and develop new skills. The one thing still on her “bucket list” is to participate in public service. Laura would like to apply her exceptional organizational and leadership skills to public office.

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