Laurel Cottrell DeVarney received her bachelors degree in Communication in 1977. While at Western, Laurie took up residence in Brown Hall, majoring in both English and Communication. Passionate about open government, Laurie embarked on what became a 20-year odyssey of pioneering award-winning communication operations in several major California cities, including Pasadena, Santa Monica and Oakland. Laurie is a firm believer in giving back to her community. Her volunteer service includes serving two terms as chair of the Spokane Regional Cable Television Advisory Board. She is also a certified Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian for children who are wards of the court.