With a great passion for empowering both children and adults to create positive change in their lives, Laurie has been teaching for over 25 years.
A former television producer and on-air personality for Fox television in Seattle, she enjoyed being the host of the KCPQ-TV13 Kids Club alongside mascot Q-Bird for five years. Laurie co-wrote and co-produced family television specials on the environment, multi-cultural awareness, and children's safety. She was delighted to co-host the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon each year, helping to raise millions of dollars to help those with Muscular Dystrophy.
Growing up in a very talented family of musicians, artists and actors, Laurie has been on stage nearly all her life, and has performed with Bob Hope, Merv Griffin, Bert Parks, Alan Sues, and Morey Amsterdam, and represented Washington State in the Miss America pageant in 1979.
With a love for children, animals and this beautiful planet, Laurie worked with two of the largest cities and school districts in Washington State (Tacoma & Spokane) to successfully kick-start their city-wide recycling programs in the 1980's. Laurie produced live hour-long musical theatrical productions that travelled throughout Tacoma and Spokane elementary schools and reached over 30,000 children every year, teaching them that by recycling they could have a direct effect on saving habitat and animal's lives. She also co-wrote and recorded 22 songs for kids and released a children’s album titled, “EarthSongs.”
Laurie has six children (all grown and gone except one) and loves that she was able to homeschool every one of them. She especially loves being “Grammy” now to her three amazing GrandChildren! Laurie is married to Dr. Jeff Alexander…former television and movie stunt choreographer, and assistant trainer and sparring partner to Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers for the movie “Rocky 3.” Jeff is also owner of the Youthful Tooth Company, a dental corporation in the San Francisco Bay area, and the founder of Warrior Spirit (WarriorSpirit.com)
Together, Laurie and Jeff are losing 104 pounds by switching to a mostly raw foods lifestyle, effectively curing Jeff of his dangerously high cholesterol and sleep apnea, and ridding Laurie of crippling joint pain. You can follow their health adventure on their Berserker Health blog at berserker-health.blogspot.com.
Laurie is a Gourmet Raw Foods Chef and Instructor, and a Raw Foods Nutrition Educator certified by Living Light Culinary Institute. She received her Bachelor’s Degree focused in botanical medicine from The Evergreen State College, and holds a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University.