Laura Goble comes to L’Arche after working in higher education for 12 years – first in Residence Life at Wheaton College, then as the Director of the Moreau Center for Service & Leadership at the University of Portland (Portland, OR) and most recently as the Director of the Center for Social Concerns at Gannon University (Erie, PA).
Although she has been familiar with L’Arche for many years, Laura felt a new stirring in her heart after a recent visit to communities at Daybreak and Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. She describes that experience much as St. Francis once described a particular encounter, “And when I left, there was a new gentleness in my body and in my spirit.” Shortly after, she was listening to a podcast interview with Jean Vanier when he said this, “…we must educate people to become capable and to take their place in society. That has value, obviously. But it’s not quite the same thing as to educate people to relate, to listen, to help people to become themselves. So the equilibrium that people with disabilities could bring is precisely this equilibrium of the heart.” These experiences and ideas left her longing to join L’Arche.
Laura brings with her a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts (Gordon College, MA) and a master’s in Intercultural Studies (Wheaton College, IL). She is passionate about building relationships across difference, especially across different faith traditions and religious beliefs. Laura and her husband live in Ashtabula, OH with their two foster children, a dog, a cat, a turtle and a guinea pig. She loves to be outdoors near water or mountains, to travel off the beaten path, to watch inspirational and provocative movies, to play board games and share meals with good people.