Lara is the Program Administrator for ISO Coordinator with Orion Associates.
Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lara received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, with Classroom, Choral and Instrumental Certification. Lara continued with her graduate work in Music Education at the University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul.
Lara has had more than ten years experience in education.
A former Minnesota public school teacher, she worked with dozens of children with a range of physical and developmental disabilities as well as behavioral issues, helping to coordinate and facilitate the implementation of Individual Education Plans into the mainstream curriculum and classroom. With Orion ISO, Lara helps to support consumers and families in managing their waiver and grant services.
Away from the office, Lara sings professionally with a variety of local musical and theatrical companies including engagements with Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Theater Latte Da, the History Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Skylark Opera and Minnesota Opera. Lara has also performed recently with The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, New Breath Productions, Teatro Del Pueblo and Bloomington Civic Theatre. Lara and her husband, Stephen, live in Edina,
along with their three daughters, Lyndsay, Madeleine and Maya, and their son, Liam.
Although now working in the human services field, Lara continues to strive to be an educator for families
and communities, as well as consumers, to ensure that they have the information and tools to be strong
and knowledgeable advocates for themselves and their loved ones.
To quote Schoolhouse Rock …”Knowledge is power!”