Laura Janas Gasbarre was raised with a keen sense of civic responsibility, pride and activism since childhood, Laura credits the examples set by her parents, Ed and Rosemary Janas with instilling in her the dedication and compassion to unselfishly serve others, particularly those in underserved and challenged positions. She has demonstrated her commitment to the community as a strong advocate for its citizens, especially the youth and seniors.
Laura was elected in April of 2001 to serve on the Leavenworth City Commission. She is a graduate of Leavenworth High School and the University of Kansas. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. After graduating from KU, Laura began working for the American Red Cross in Kansas City, Kansas as the Safety Services Director. She later married into the military and that career took her all over the United States. Commissioner Gasbarre was selected by the City Commission to serve as Mayor from April 2003 to 2004 and again from April 2006 to 2007.
Laura believes in the importance of giving back to the community through volunteerism. She has served on the Leavenworth Education Foundation Board of Directors (2004 – present). Alpha Gamma Delta- Epsilon Beta Chapter Advisory Board at the University of Kansas (2007-2008), Friends of Leavenworth High School member (2007- present), Kansas University Track and Field Volunteer (2004 – present), Leavenworth Public Schools Facilities Committee Spring (2008), Leavenworth Youth Advisory Commission Advisor founding member – present, the Kansas Governor’s National Bio-Agro Defense Facility Task Force (2007 – 2008).
Laura is an enthusiastic supporter of the economic development, historic preservation, and fiscal responsibility to allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn, and a responsive government that is a government closest to the people. In her free time, Laura enjoys local sporting events, volunteering in the community and is never far from her family and their activities.
Laura maintains a strong commitment to her husband of 24 years, Tony, daughter Aubrey and son, Anthony. They are active members of the Immaculate Conception – St. Joseph Parish.