Laura Azzarello was born and raised in Illinois, in a northern suburb outside of the city of Chicago. She attended college at the University of Illinois where she received her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science with a concentration in fish and wildlife conservation. Throughout her studies she completed internships around the world including Hawaii and the Bahamas. Through these experiences, she learned the power of connecting people to nature and just how much she enjoyed doing so. In her role as GBI’s Visitor Centers Senior Coordinator, she hopes to continue her journey as an environmental educator and activist. In her free time, Laura likes to do yoga, play with her cat, Nina, cook, practice photography, and spend as much time in nature as she can.