Lauren Kearley, senior administrative assistant, is a second-generation volunteer with the American Heart Association (AHA). Lauren grew up volunteering at AHA events with her mother, Coletta Barrett, who sat on their national board. And her mission is a personal one.
In 1994, Lauren’s grandfather survived a triple bypass surgery. Thanks to medical advancements, donations, and organizations like AHA, Lauren got to spend 20 more years with her grandfather, which she is very grateful for.
“I was one of the lucky ones, I got 20 extra years with my grandfather. I want to make sure that everyone has that.”
Since 2016, Lauren has been a founding member and mission chair for PULSE BR, which is a young professional group that encourages and advocates for heart health. She also occupies a seat on the Louisiana Advocacy Committee.
She works diligently to help steer and drive policy changes that make an impact on heart health. With the help of other Unum employees, Lauren and her team participated in the Walk for Rowe/CycleNation event. They cycled for 2 hours in the middle of Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge and raised almost $600. Team Starmounties, came in second in highest grossing dollars for the event.
Thanks to connections through the AHA as well as support from Community Relations Specialist, Meghann Morin, Lauren was able to purchase a CPR kit for LaSalle Elementary school in Baton Rouge.
Students there will now have the opportunity to learn CPR and other tools to be life savers. Lauren is currently working on gathering a team for the annual heart walk in April. Lauren said that she is thankful to work for a company that allows and encourages volunteering, especially without taking time off work.