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As a successful business owner and community volunteer for more than 20 years in Cherokee County, Laura Mikszan has a talent for recognizing and meeting the changing needs of the community in which she lives and operates her business. She incorporates the Six Pillars of Character into every aspect of her life, and her programs always emphasize that participation in sports and personal responsibility results in a more well-rounded individual.

A seasoned entrepreneur, Laura has built a six-acre campus on Bells Ferry Road in Woodstock that includes a 21,000 square foot facility which houses a gymnastics center and cheerleading center, camps and classroom facilities; a swim facility operated by AquaTots, that offers swim lessons and aquatic classes for all ages; and Envision Health Studio, which offers Cherokee County’s premier indoor boot camp for adult fitness, as well as fitness classes and healthy living workshops for all ages.

Laura practices what she preaches, having been an athlete for her entire life. She was a collegiate gymnast, cheerleader and dance team choreographer at the University of South Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in advertising and marketing.

She began her professional career in purchasing and strategic planning for a major retail corporation, and continued to coach gymnastics and choreograph for dance organizations, before opening World of Gymnastics and Cheer in 1993. She is a Certified Group Trainer and in 2013 acquired her WERQ dance.rock,hip-hop Instructor Certification.

Throughout her career, Laura has been a tireless volunteer with numerous community outreach and volunteer organizations in Cherokee County. She has served on the board of directors for the Mimms Boys & Girls Club, and was co-president of the Woodstock High School PTSA. She also is a member of the Character Counts Program and Pursuing Victory with Honor, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, and the Woodstock Community Business Association, to name a few.

In 2012, Laura received the CASA Light of Hope Award for her work with children and families in Cherokee County.

Laura and her husband, Greg, are the parents of two daughters. Carleigh, a graduate of the University of Georgia, is pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy at the Medical College of Georgia; and Shannon is pursuing her undergraduate degree at Valdosta State University.