Anthony's Villa is a place of nurturing, growth, and healing for our children. None of this would be possible without the unwavering dedication and commitment of our exceptional staff, who pour their hearts into creating a supportive, homely environment for the children in our care.
Today, we shine the spotlight on a very special member of our team: Laura, a Youth Services Worker II. Laura brings a unique flair to our group home with her vibrant personality and varied background, adding a dash of color and creativity to our everyday routine.
Laura's Journey to Anthony's Villa
Laura is an alumnus of Bowling Green State University (BGSU), where she majored in Communications in Theater with a Musical Performance Specialization. You may remember her as Frieda Falcon, BGSU's mascot, a role she held in her senior year of college, spreading cheer and school spirit.
Before BGSU, Laura was an enthusiastic student at Perkins High School, actively participating in Theater, Musical Performances, and Band. In her senior year, she led the band as the drum major to their 35th annual performance at the OMEA state marching band finals. The rhythm of her leadership still resonates in her work at Anthony's Villa today.
Laura's Life on Stage
Since graduating from college, Laura's love for theater and performance arts has stayed strong. She has graced numerous stages with her talent, from her role as Catherine in Fremont Community Theater's presentation of Proof to playing Maria in the beloved musical, The Sound of Music.
Laura at Anthony's Villa: Our Mary Poppins
While Laura's acting resume is impressive, it's her role at Anthony's Villa that truly shines. Like the charming and resourceful Mary Poppins, Laura ensures that everything runs smoothly and harmoniously around our facility. Her creativity and warmth are instrumental in transforming our space into a welcoming, caring home for our children.
Don't just take our word for it; listen to what some of the children at Anthony's Villa have to say about Laura:
Blade says, "She listens and makes things special around the house. Sometimes we may be difficult, but she never flinches when we are a little difficult."
Christian, who had some initial reservations, shares, "I have had trouble with maternal figures, so we started off a little rocky. The first day she was here I wrote a sign that said 'No girls allowed' in my room. She made a special way to connect with me, and has started to teach me that organization makes me feel better."
Matthew adds, "Laura puts her coffee house music on and makes it peaceful. I like her coffee house music and the food she cooks."
Laura's passion, creativity, and knack for connecting with children in a unique and individualized manner truly make her an asset to our team. She is just one example of the incredible staff we are fortunate to have at Anthony's Villa. Each day, she inspires us and the children she works with, reminding us all of the magic of connection, care, and community. Stay tuned as we continue to introduce more of the wonderful team that makes Anthony's Villa the special place it is.