Lauri began her human services career in 1992 when she was hired as a Resident Counselor at REM Iowa. She worked her way up in management positions and assisted in developing REM’s Home and Community Based Services in eastern Iowa in 1994. After 17 years with REM Iowa (The Mentor Network), Lauri left the organization in 2009 to take a Community Living Coordinator position with Discovery Living. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the University of Iowa. Lauri served as vice president of the East Central Iowa chapter of the Iowa Brain Injury Association and is a certified brain injury specialist.