Lara is a seminary educated, professional social worker with experiences in both church and community settings. Lara received a Master in Arts and Church and Community Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX. She also holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, TX, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Religion from Wayland Baptist University of Plainview, TX.
She has worked in church and community positions in Texas as well as being on the faculty of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX as an Associate Professor of Social Work. She worked with the National Youth Advocacy Coalition in Washington, DC before moving to Olympia in 2011. Lara currently is Youth Ministry Coordinator at Westminster Presbyterian Church and looks forward to working with our youth as well. Lara lives with her partner Beth and their two daughters here in Olympia.