Laurie Fredericks was born in Normal, Illinois. And here’s the paradox. Laurie speaks Latvian, volunteered to help Native Americans, served two years in the Peace Corps, and has traveled to China, Egypt Australia, Estonia, Ireland, Poland, Singapore (the list goes on and on). She’s as comfortable on a train in a third world country as she is in her own living room. Laurie is exceptionally exceptional on every scale of measurement. Her heart is as big as Texas and her brain, well, let’s just say that the things that get by her could fit in a thimble. She’s kind. Hard-working. Honest. She holds a degree in psychology, and has mastered business management, event planning, and marketing. Normal? Wouldn’t that be lovely?