Laura Conlee Russell, Membership Manager & PURLs Project Manager

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Laura, what do you do for FPIN?

I am the Membership Manager for the organization. The biggest part of this job is being an advocate for our members to ensure that all of their needs are met and suggestions are shared with our Board of Directors. I work to understand how each of our member programs utilize FPIN and use that information to try to better our products and services.

Last, but certainly not least, I am the self-designated maker of the coffee in the FPIN office.

Tell us more about Laura and your background…

I am originally from Iowa and earned my B.A. in English from the University of Iowa. Go Hawkeyes! 

I joined the FPIN team in late summer 2016 when my family moved to Columbia from St. Louis. In St. Louis, I worked at a university where I collected and analyzed student data. My work history is full of fast-paced environments and looming deadlines in both for-profit and educational settings. Commonalities in all of my previous work experience are tackling challenges, constant juggling, and learning way more than I imagined I could learn.

What do you do when you are not working?

I currently spend a lot of time transporting my daughter to gymnastics, softball, Girl Scouts, and ukulele practice. When not doing that I like to be outside as much as I can. There are some trails close to my house I love to explore early in the mornings before my day begins. I love to travel and attend live music shows, browsing book stores, and lingering in great coffee shops. I also enjoy reading and spending as much time as I can with my husband, daughter, and our two cats.

Everyone has unique skills, what are yours?

My husband and I play "name the breed of dog" when we see dogs go by as I seem to have obtained a lot of knowledge on that subject over the years. I also tend to be a magnet for lost or injured animals. Everything from one-legged seagulls in Seattle to wandering dobermans and misplaced juvenile squirrels in St. Louis all managed to pull at my heart strings for love and attention.

Are there any fun facts we might enjoy learning about Laura?

Once upon a time, my dream job was to be an air traffic controller but the thought of being locked in a dark room for eight hours a day had me rethink that career goal. I am also an animal lover. From the chubby brown squirrel that sits on the fence outside my office to the fox I enjoy following on Instagram - I cannot get enough! 


I enjoy the discussions being had on the PURLs listserv. As a bystander to the research studies being discussed, I love to watch the interaction between our physicians and the thoughtful responses that come out of debating whether a certain article is worth their time to review closer. To me it shows what good hands the discipline of family medicine are in and makes me look forward to what is to come. 

Last, but not least, what is your NetFlix series or movie and why?

The Good Place! I discovered it on the flight home after vacation and I cannot get enough. "Jacksonville Jaguars rule!" And if I want to learn something I watch The Great British Baking Show.