Lauren was born & raised in a southwest suburb of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Social Welfare. She continued her education with a Masters in School Counseling and spent 7 years working in schools working specifically with individuals with Autism and behavioral needs. Lauren first participated in Catholic HEART as a teen participant through her parish youth group. She then spent 14 summers on CHWC staff at both domestic and international camps. She loves traveling, live music, reading, and supporting her Badgers, Bears, & Blackhawks! Lauren also enjoys playing soccer and spending time outside especially with her dog, Rue.