Laira joined the staff of First Unitarian in January 2015 with a background in arts administration and volunteer management. She received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 1997 with an emphasis on acting, directing and playwriting. Since graduating she has worked in two local community theatres—Sol Arts and The Vortex—where she acted, directed, produced performances, recruited volunteers, created publicity campaigns, and managed all aspects of the box office. Laira has spent the majority of the last eight years as a stay-at-home mother. She and her husband Blake have three delightful children: Shane, Miranda, and Esme.