Bishop Field Office
Laurie Morrow has been a dedicated public servant for more than 24 years, most recently providing computer systems and website administration in the Bishop office.
But it is outside BLM, where Laurie has provided a unique public service. Laurie has become much more involved with her Quilting Guild over the last five years. One of the guild's accomplishments is making quilts for the "Quilts of Valor" program. Their mission is to provide a quilt to wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. (For more information on the "Quilts of Valor" program visit http://www.qovf.org/ .) She also participated in a program that started right after 9/11 to make quilts for each of the families that lost someone on that day. One of her quilts made it to a family and close friend of a women killed in the World Trade Center.
"I was very touched when I received a thank you note from her friend expressing how much the quilt meant and a little about her friend and what a special person she was," Laurie said.
Laurie has been in the BLM Bishop Field Office for six years. During that time, she says she has had an opportunity to participate in a number of project management groups, implementing major software updates and new software installation in California.
Laurie grew up in Huntington Beach, California. She obtained a bachelor's degree in finance from California State University, Long Beach and began a career in the financial world. She left that career to move to the mountains. She worked as a volunteer for the Forest Service doing everything from trail maintenance to visitor information. Eventually, she became a full-time employee in Inyo National Forest, where she worked for 18 years. During that time, she earned a certificate in geographic information and cartographic services. She came to BLM in the 2003.
Laurie and her husband of 20 years live in Big Pine, about 15 miles south of Bishop. Besides quilting, Laurie enjoys gardening, hiking and kayaking.