Emily Morgan, who has been serving as our Major Gifts Director, has been promoted to our Vice President of External Relations and will now lead our fundraising, legislative advocacy, and public relations initiatives. Previously, Emily was the Director of Advancement at Liberty Hospital Foundation and was responsible for spearheading a multimillion-dollar capital campaign for the Hospital’s Hospitality House, and campus renovations. Before her work with the Foundation, starting in 2007, she was a consultant for a variety of non-profit organizations, helping clients maximize funding opportunities to build meaningful programs positively impacting their communities. Her commitment to non-profit and community involvement is evident through her volunteer work with the FIRE Foundation and her local parish. In her spare time, Emily and her husband Sam, enjoy trying to keep up with their 9 year old, Jack, 7 year old, Pauly, and (everyone’s current favorite) 1 year old Cecelia. She stays active chasing around the kiddos and teaching at the local Y. Come take a 5am class next time you’re up early . . . she’ll save a spot for you!
Laura Hale joined Life Unlimited in February of 2023, assuming the role of Vice President of Quality Assurance. Before joining LU, she worked at Cerner Corporation as the Vice President of Client Success, where she oversaw the management of the company’s Top 25 clients, focusing on enhancing client satisfaction and retention. With over 28 years of experience in the IT industry, Laura’s expertise spans from hands-on operations and support to IT operations and client success. Throughout her career, she has held various executive positions, excelling in developing and leading high-performing teams to achieve shared goals. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Laura is a devoted wellness enthusiast. She has pursued further education and holds certifications as a Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Reiki Master, and Yoga teacher. Outside of work, Laura cherishes spending time with her two children, Ava and Chuck, on their small farm. She actively supports her children’s interests in dance and sports, nurturing their passions along the way.
As Life Unlimited celebrates the month of Pride, we are taking the time to highlight our LGBTQIA+ team members and individuals. Here is a writing piece from one of our team members, Carolyn, on what pride means to her.
“As a queer woman who grew up in an environment where it was expected for each person to be straight, having Pride was not always easy for me. It wasn’t even an option at times. For the longest time I was terrified to come out, scared of judgment, hate, anger, and any other negative reaction. Eventually, I had to learn that no matter what anyone thought, I had to love myself for who I am. Having Pride means more than just loving who you love, but genuinely being proud of who you are, with all of your differences. Understanding and knowing that what makes you different is what makes you the beautifully unique person that you are.
When I came out officially and publicly, I ended up getting excommunicated by the church I grew up in, which at the time was my worst nightmare. I was scared I wasn’t good enough for anyone. It was then when I realized that no matter what, I would always have a family within the LGBTQ community. I quickly met other people who were apart of the community, and they helped me realize that there is absolutely nothing wrong with me or any of us. In this community I have met some of the most loving and accepting people I will ever know.
If there is one thing I wish for others to know about having Pride, it is that the journey to self-love and acceptance is not always an easy one. There will be down falls and heart aches and hard truths to overcome, but knowing that there are people in this world who love you for who you are makes it all worth it in the end. No one is unworthy of love, no one deserves to feel guilty or ashamed for loving who they love. Having Pride means loving who you are, no matter what.”