Children with cancer are smiling today at a Flashes of Hope shoots. Our dedicated volunteer chapter directors coordinate photo shoots within the nation's top hospitals and at special events for children with cancer. Whether photographing one child isolated in a bone marrow unit or a hundred kids having fun at summer camp, it's an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
Laura launched the Northern New England Chapter in December 2010 serving Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.) In 2011, Camp Sunshine (Casco, ME) was added to the Chapter. In 2012, Jodie joined as co-director to oversee the greater Maine area including the addition of Maine Children's Cancer Program (Scarborough, ME) while Laura hosted the inaugural shoot at Camp TaKumTa (South Hero, VT.)
Laura brings a background of community service, leadership and management to the Chapter. Laura serves as First Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lake Sunapee Bank and its parent company, New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc., which provides banking, insurance, and trust services through its branch network in NH and VT. In addition to her work, she is actively involved in the community, serving on the area Chamber of Commerce Board including two terms as President and over 15 years of volunteering for other non-profit organizations focused on cancer research & fundraising and serving children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. She has created and implemented many community events as well as re-energizing existing events.
Laura was recognized as Young Professional of the Year by Business NH Magazine and Stay Work Play NH. She was highlighted as one of "40 Under Forty" to know and watch by Manchester's Union Leader. She was invited to participate in Leadership NH, a program which seeks to "identify emerging talent; motivate emerging leaders concerning statewide issues and perspectives; build the expectation that they will take on leadership roles on statewide issues; and develop a network for effective leadership."
Laura has a B.S. in Accounting and Finance and a Master's of Business Administration.
The children often request to be photographed with special friends – in this case a stuffed bunny. Children are also photographed with parents, siblings, hospital staff and even fellow patients. This sweet image was captured at All Children's Hospital in Tampa, Florida.
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