Vendor Biography

Mindy Knows – Iowa is led by Laura Evans, “Aunt Laura”.  

Meet Aunt Laura 

As the heart and soul behind Mindy Knows Iowa, I am Aunt Laura, your local resource for all things support and guidance. Born and raised in Iowa, I carry the spirit of an Iowa farm girl with pride. 

My journey in the park and recreation profession spans over two decades, where I managed and operated community recreation centers and aquatic facilities. The vibrant communities of Naperville and Hinsdale in the Chicago western suburbs witnessed my dedication to fostering recreational spaces for families and individuals alike. 

But my roots called me back home to Iowa City, where I now proudly call home. Family, always at the center of my universe, brought me back to the Hawkeye State. As a devoted mom to one amazing son and an auntie to a multitude of nieces and nephews. 

Beyond the realm of recreation, you might catch me indulging in my passions for antiquing and thrift store shopping, swimming, and bikingWalking around campus, you just might spot me with a dog or two with my local pet care business.    

At Mindy Knows Iowa, I provide the support and resources you need to make your university experience unforgettable. 

So, whether you're navigating the challenges of college life or simply looking for a friendly face, Aunt Laura is here for you. Let's make your time at Iowa City truly extraordinary together!