Laura Spear, Board Member
Laura Spear is a longtime founding member of the PMD Foundation and is a Registered Nurse who attended Gloucester County College and LaSalle University.
She had both a son (Jared Michael Spear 1/27/91-8/26/10) and a brother (John Michael Laprocido 6/20/66 – 8/16/80) affected by classic PMD.
She lives in Marlton, New Jersey with her husband Rand, and son, Michael.
Laura worked at the Voorhees Pediatric facility as a staff nurse and a relief charge nurse. She was also a Bayada visiting nurse. Laura currently works part-time as a paralegal in Philadelphia.
She volunteers at the Archway School (Jared’s old classroom) and also works with the elderly and mentally challenged, visiting them, helping them with their activities of daily living and spending time with them.
For over 20 years, she has been a tireless advocate for the fight against PMD. Laura was largely responsible for organizing the first PMD Consortium meeting in October 1997 and was Chairwoman of past PMD Golf Outings.
Laura authored articles in Advance for Nurses and Exceptional Parent magazine and was featured with Jared on Fox 29 Ray of Hope segment, where they did an expose on PMD. She also appeared several times on CNN Comcast Newsmakers. She was also instrumental in having articles published in SJ Magazine and the Delaware News Journal. She did a PMD presentation with Jared at Rowan College for future nursing students. Laura was the founder of the Tech Tot library at Githens Center in Mount Holly, New Jersey. This library offered communication devices and switch toys to those with special needs across Burlington County, New Jersey.
Even though Jared and John are gone, they still guide Laura’s work as an advocate for those affected by PMD as well as those with special needs.