Laurie joined the staff as half-time Office Manager in November 2002, and her position has evolved to full-time Congregational Administrator. In this role, her areas of responsibility include church office management (including oversight of the church calendar); financial administration and support; communications; property management and building usage; and administrative support for the ministers and staff, Board, and Ministry Council. She is the staff lead for the Foundations Ministry.
Laurie’s previous work-life includes elementary school teaching, financial aid administration, and stay-at-home motherhood. She has been a member of Countryside Church since 1995 and when wearing her church member “hat” is involved in the Countryside Choir, children and youth religious education, and the Last Mondays Book Group. Laurie grew up in Libertyville and lives in Palatine with her husband, Chris Smith, and their two children and four pets. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, playing piano, and relearning viola.