Laurie has spent most of her career working with the environment in different capacities. Her background includes a B.S. in Oceanography and a Master’s in Geographical Information Science from the University of West Florida.
Laurie’s passion for clean water began with a non-profit organization that focused on enhancing the quality of our Nation’s water. In her groundwork to understand the impacts of stormwater pollution, Laurie met John Whitescarver, one of the original employees of the EPA.
John was part of a team that developed the first National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit under the Clean Water Act. Laurie and John worked together for many years after his retirement from the EPA to develop and provide training and certification courses to help NPDES permittees meet Clean Water Act requirements.
Laurie’s field of expertise is working with federal and state permittee regulators as well as Municipal, Industrial, and Construction stormwater permittees. To date, she has certified thousands of inspectors that work under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. She also assists the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Agency to certify Erosion and Sediment Control Inspectors for the state of Florida.
Laurie resides in Pensacola, Florida, where she and her spouse have five children and three grandchildren. Her favorite hobbies include gardening, kayaking, and spending time with her family. She also continues to work with non-profit agencies to assist in water restoration projects throughout her state.