In the summer of 2013, Lauren was working as a Flight Attendant for United Airlines and was assigned to work a flight to Cozumel. Little did she know that on that Cozumel flight, her life and career would take an unexpected turn when she had a chance encounter with two of her passengers. Those passengers happened to be Tonya and Bill Merritt. During the flight, Lauren and Tonya got along famously, resulting in Tonya asking Lauren to come work for her, and the rest is history. Lauren is now the Assistant Manager at Gigglin’ Marlin and is about to join the amazing teaching staff as a PADI Divemaster. She is eager to continue her dive training and expand her knowledge of underwater world and all it has to offer. Besides the obvious joys and exhilarations of scuba diving, Lauren loves being a part of this sport because she enjoys using her energy to help people in and out of the water, as well as getting to meet all kinds of people that are attracted to diving. So far, her favorite dive destination is Bonaire but you better believe that she has a long list of upcoming places to add to her favorites. Lauren’s other certifications and specialties are Dry Suit, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Navigation, Night, Fish Identification, Boat and Air Consumption.

Lauren was born and raised in Katy but has been living in Houston since 2007. She has a Bachelors in Communications with a minor in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas where she also played collegiate volleyball all four years, earning awards as a NAIA Conference MVP, All Conference First Team as well as an NAIA All American Honorable Mention. Apart from diving, Lauren has a passion for music, film, reading, writing, traveling, playing video games, solving puzzles and hanging out with her boyfriend, friends and family. She is also a self-proclaimed cheap wine connoisseur, creative sandwich maker and is an avid night owl and alarm clock snoozer.