Laurie launched a small business called PLANTS, LLC in March 2013 to promote hydroponic plant lessons and engaging technology systems for K-12 schools and communities. Laurie is currently serving an AmeriCorps VISTA with Families Leading Change, which helps West Virginia families work with their communities to improve local schools. Laurie is married to George Ruberg, who works part-time for the Belomar Regional Council. Her son, John, is conducting his residency in family medicine at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. Laurie is a member of the Ohio County WVU Extension Master Gardener program. In her spare time, she plays violin with the Community Made Serenade ensemble.