CPA 25+ years, proud wife, mom of two amazing kids, foster family, asks WWJD every day!
Likes: Excel spreadsheets, hiking, travel, board games, exercise, reading, trivia, Seahawks – especially Russell Wilson!
Dislikes: Broccoli, ham, scary movies
Laurel is thrilled to join the Seattle Angels Board and put her business skills to a cause so near to her heart. She began her career in public accounting after graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Dayton, with majors in Finance and Accountancy. She lived in Puerto Rico while working for Procter and Gamble, where she enjoyed newly married life and traveling the Caribbean. Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1999, Laurel worked as a financial consultant for T-Mobile. In 2002, after the birth of her second child, Laurel left the corporate world and redirected her career to the nonprofit world. She worked for over ten years at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, first as their Finance Director then as the Church Business Administrator.
Throughout her years in corporate and non-profit work, Laurel’s heart was broken by the plight of children in foster care in our country. After much prayer, Laurel retired from her job and her family began the journey into foster care, becoming licensed for foster care in 2016. After a six-month placement of three and four year old brothers, the Fortins experienced how truly hard it is to not only care for children in foster care, but in navigating the foster care system. The overwhelming support of friends and families with meals, babysitting, and prayers made all the difference in the world. Laurel wants to spend her time helping more people mobilize around foster families, and is thrilled to be a part of Seattle Angles to make it happen.
Aside from foster care, Laurel is a lover of hiking, travel, exercise, reading, and her two dogs! She has been married for over twenty years to her high school sweetheart Dave. They have two children, a 19 daughter Ellie, away at college, and a 17 son Drew, a junior in high school, whom they could not be prouder.