Laura McGalliard is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Park and Recreation Administration. Laura came to the Coachella Valley Recreation and Park District (now known as Desert Recreation District) in 1986 as the Aquatics Supervisor. After a 17 year career and numerous promotions she retired to spend time with her two children. Both children grew up in the DRD district programs such as tiny tots, Get Hooked on Swimming, summer camps and numerous special events. They also were employed as lifeguards. In 2003 Laura became the Division Five Board member on the Desert Recreation board and still serves to this day. She has also served on numerous Coachella Valley boards and committees such as the Indio Youth task force, Indio Tamale Festival, The First Tee of the Coachella Valley Foundation board, the Palm Desert Aquatics Committee and the Desert Recreation Foundation Board.