Every quarter TSAHC spotlights a staff member or partner to help our readers get to know our mission and industry a little better. This week we are spotlighting Laura Ross, Manager of Communications and Development.
Laura joined the staff of TSAHC in November 2003 as our Receptionist. Over the years, her role at TSAHC grew and included acting as Corporate Secretary and Executive Assistant. In December 2017, she was promoted to Manager of Communications and Development where she is responsible for creating grant proposals and marketing materials to help grow TSAHC's programs.
Below is our interview with Laura to help you get to know her better.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in the Dallas area and went to college at the University of Texas at Austin. Hook ‘em Horns! I’ve been married for 12 years and have 2 awesome kiddos – Kayla who’s soon to be 8 and Connor who’s soon to be 2. We live in Jarrell where my husband is the pastor of a local church. While I wish my daily commute into work was a little bit shorter, I really do love living in the country!
You just celebrated 15 years at TSAHC. Looking back on your tenure, tell us some of the highlights of working here and what you enjoy the most.
TSAHC has changed a lot since I started here. Not only have our programs expanded, but the staff size has grown from 9 to 22! One of the things I’ve always loved that hasn’t changed is how much the staff is a family. They genuinely care about each other and are so supportive, both professionally and personally. It makes TSAHC a wonderful place to work, and I’m very thankful to be a part of the team!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I don’t have a lot of free time these days, but when I do I like to go walking on the trails or hiking at different state parks with my family. I also love a good project around the house, so HGTV is one of my favorite channels to watch on TV!
What accomplishment (personal or professional) are you most proud of?
I have 2 - Kayla and Connor. Getting to be their mom is one of my life-long dreams come true.
What one piece of advice would you give to your childhood self?
Believe in yourself, and don’t get discouraged. Things always work out the way they’re supposed to.
Tell us about your most memorable trip.
My most memorable trip would definitely be when my husband and I traveled through England, Scotland and Ireland after his deployment to Iraq in 2009. We both came away feeling like we had found our home away from home. The countryside was beautiful and the people were so charming. We loved it and dream of going back there someday!
If you could choose anyone from history to have dinner with, who would you choose and why?
Jesus Christ. He’s the most important person in my life.
Tell us a random fact about yourself that most people don’t know.
For a short time in college, I thought about becoming a nurse. Science isn’t my best subject though so eventually I switched gears and changed my major to history with the plan to work in a museum one day. After internships with a few different historical societies, I came to work at TSAHC, and I’ve been here ever since!
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