Laurie brings a background in international justice work, with professional work in the areas of human trafficking in the UK and India, interfaith peace-building in Israel and Palestine, and gender equity across the U.S. Laurie is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Neenah.
She’s a perpetual student, mom of two wild preschoolers, wife to Jesse, and an amateur farmer with more enthusiasm than skill. Her flock expands to 11 chickens, 2 goats, and a dog (Angus MacDonald, Boy Detective), with a promise to only add one new species per year.
Laurie’s writing has been published in academic journals and books, and her dissertation (“The Body and the Word: The Intersection of Religion and Rape Culture”) was completed in 2021 for her PhD in education from Colorado State University. She collects books, stamps in her passport, and friends she meets on airplanes and in other countries.
Caitlin served in the AmeriCorps VISTA program as a volunteer for two years with JOSHUA before being hired on as the coordinator in the fall of 2022. Her aim in the program was to alleviate poverty and aid the underprivileged through bringing awareness to substance abuse and the mental health struggles that coincide with it. She connected with dozens of people and organizations to see where she could be of aid.
She ended up creating a resource guide for services in the Brown County area and a story booklet on each person she interviewed which are both on the website. She graduated in 2020 from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology and a minor in chemistry. She is heading back to school to earn a certificate in sustainability and wellbeing.
In her personal time, she enjoys art, biking, skating, cuddling with her cats and dogs, cooking, and gardening. One day she hopes to own a small homestead with her animals and surrounded by nature.