Supporter Stories

Laura Bierema and Mark Ebell


Laura and Mark have been involved with JRF since founder Margaret Holt introduced Laura to JRF in the early 1990s. After moving away for eight years, Laura returned to Athens with an eagerness to work with JRF. She joined the Board of Directors around 2001 and then moved on to serve as Vice-President and eventually President. Laura says that since the time she began with JRF, it has “stayed focused on its mission while increasing the amount of the scholarships, increasing the number of awards to sustainable numbers, and increasing its support of the scholars.” Of their favorite memories, meeting scholars is at the top. Though Laura is retired from the board of directors, the couple remains active in the organization - volunteering, advocating and donating.