Welcome Laura Scott
Laura joins the staff as business manager after many years of serving St. Paul in numerous volunteer and leadership capacities including chairing the Finance and Personnel Committees, WELCA Treasurer, and Book Corner volunteer. She has spent much of her career in financial planning and analysis and worked as a financial advisor in recent years.
Tell us about your family/where you grew up/went to college
I grew up in Muscatine and am an only child. After college, I worked in Des Moines for 4 years, then I spent 23 years in Northern California. I moved back to Iowa 11 years ago so that I could be closer to my parents as they got older. As things have played out over the last decade, it was the right decision. My dad died in early 2019 and my mom still lives in Muscatine and resides at Lutheran Living (a nursing home). She has Parkinson’s Disease, so a lot of my free time is spent tending to her needs. My children have 4 paws — a Springer Spaniel dog, Miley, and a cat, Theo, that I adopted in late December.
What makes you, you?
I love to travel, play golf, read, and do crafty things. Two of my favorite places on earth are Africa and Yosemite National Park. For whatever reason, these places really “got under my skin”. Further exploring countries in Europe is something I want to do at some point — my trip to Germany last summer really whetted my appetite!
What are you looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to getting to know the St. Paul staff better, connecting with more members of the congregation, and making a difference in our church and its ministries.
What are you passionate about?
Learning. I always say I like to learn a little something in whatever I do. Providing support to students, especially women, to further their education is a passion of mine. I have been involved with the Scott Community College Foundation and my P.E.O. chapter to help further education for these students.
What drew you to working at St. Paul?
I wanted to work at St. Paul because I strongly believe in the mission of the church and have been really impressed by the caliber and supportiveness of the staff to each other and the members of the congregation.