Laurie L Dove

Mayor, Valley Center KS; President, Dove Media Group Inc.

About Me

Laurie L. Dove is president of Dove Media Group Inc., a boutique marketing and communications firm. After working as a journalist, Dove harnessed an entrepreneurial mindset to create a thriving corporation that helps clients dream, negotiate, advocate and communicate. Dove continues to work as a freelance writer and her work has been published by Delta Airlines, HLN, Animal Planet, CNN, HowStuffWorks and more. Dove has authored or co-authored seven non-fiction books. She has been awarded the Kansas Health Foundation's Excellence in Public Health Reporting Award and has received numerous awards from state and national organizations for her work.

In 2015, Dove was elected mayor of Valley Center, Kansas. Prior to that time, she served as a Valley Center city council member. Dove also has been a member of the board for the Regional Economic Area Partnership of South Central Kansas; chair of the City of Valley Center Library/Community Building Design Committee; member of the City of Valley Center Community Center Committee; and a member of the board of directors of the Wichita Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Dove is an MLA degree prospect in the Creative Writing and Literature graduate program at Harvard University. Previously, Dove earned a bachelor’s degree in communication arts with an emphasis in mass media at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. She also completed hours in the integrated marketing and communications master's program at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Dove has completed extensive training in public engagement at the Kansas Leadership Center.

While proud of what she has accomplished as an entrepreneur, Dove also finds satisfaction in volunteerism. She is a member of the Valley Center Lions Club, the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce, the Valley Center Main Street Program and the Valley Center Booster Club. She and her husband, Chad, support their five children in their interests and at their schools. She is an avid equestrienne.

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