Lauren graduated from Joliet Junior College in 2002 with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. While at JJC she played volleyball, her team placing second at the NJCAA Nationals. She then transferred and graduated from Illinois State University in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice, as well as completing an internship with the Grundy County juvenile probation department.
She first joined the Premier Staff in 2004 as an Instructional Aide at their Joliet facility, now known as Lincoln School. In 2005, Lauren joined the staff at Premier Academy in Morris (established in 2004) as a Student Support Specialist. She then served as the Employment and PR Coordinator within the agency from 2008-2017 and is currently serving as the Academic Advisor and Public Relations Coordinator.
Lauren resides in Gardner, and she has three children: Owen, Grace and Cecelia. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and attending her childrens’ various activities.