Greg and Laurie Fields
Greg and Laurie Fields met at Bowie State University in 1998 while they were pursuing bachelor's degrees. Both of them were in the Honor's Society and the Ronald McNair Scholars program. Once they graduated from Bowie State in December 1999, they enrolled in graduate school, received their degrees and then married. Now they a daughter and live in Bowie, Md., 15 minutes from the campus.
Greg was a non-traditional student when he first enrolled at BSU because he didn't come straight from high school. He explains, "I went into the military and then took some time off to decide what I wanted to study before enrolling into college. So it was important that I went to a school that could provide a quality education but wasn't so large that it would make the already difficult adjustment from military life to full-time student more of an obstacle. I was able to find the support that I needed both inside and outside the classroom. Professor James T. Dixon, Sr. (Marketing) became a mentor and challenged me to compete for several scholarships. He even attended one awards dinner with my mother and I. Outside the classroom it was the experience with the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program that really introduced (me and my wife) to the opportunities that were available to us after graduation. Cynthia Coleman, Assistant to the Dean of the Library, encouraged me to apply to law school. In fact I was with her when I first learned about employment opportunities with the Maryland State Legislature at a career fair in the Martin Luther King Jr. Communications Arts Center."
Greg is currently an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia and serves as an Attorney Advisor in the Executive Office of the Mayor.
Greg's wife, Laurie, studied fine arts at BSU where her professors encouraged her to stick with her passions. After graduation, she continued her education at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She is graphic designer with the Federal Government.
The couple gained television fame when they appeared on the TLC cable network show "Home Made Simple" in March 2010. The show features a couple and their home along with experts who provide advice to and help the couple to organize and enhance their living space. "We first heard about the show through one of Lori's friends. She thought it would be good for us because we were having a difficult time decorating our living and dining room," Greg says. "We watched a few of the episodes and tossed around the idea of applying for a few weeks. One weekend we decided to just give it a try and I wrote a letter explaining our situation. Lori also created a website that showcased some pictures of our house and some events from our past that reflected our personalities. A producer called about two weeks later. The rest took off from there."