Lara became the Seattle office’s Administrative Assistant in November 2012, contributing possibly the least likely background to Distilled.
Originally from northeast Iowa, Lara earned a degree in Anthropology from the University of Iowa in 2009. But since 2007, she has been spending much of her time living and working in the woods of the western United States. She has done trail construction/maintenance in California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Alaska, and immediately prior to joining Distilled, ran a chainsaw all summer as part of a 3-person trail crew on Mailbox Peak. She also spent a year as a wilderness therapy guide in southeast Alaska, leading teenagers on 7-week-long ocean/river canoeing and hiking expeditions. These positions required Lara to be creative, organized, and solution-oriented, qualities which she is happy to bring to Distilled.
Lara spends her free time gallivanting around Seattle, updating her music blog, being obsessed with her cat, snowboarding, and laughing. A lot.