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Lori started her tenure with Kent County Girls on the Run as a coach in 2006. She then served as a coach, site liaison and Board member until becoming the Council Director in October 2009. Lori is passionate about the mission of GOTR because of its focus on the emotional, social, mental and physical development of girls throughout our community. Lori holds a B.S. and M.S. from Michigan State University in Therapeutic Recreation and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. In addition to serving as the director of Kent County Girls on the Run, Lori spends her mornings as a Guidance Counselor at Kraft Meadows Middle School in Caledonia. Lori ‘s work experience includes: mental health counseling in private practice and at Wedgwood Christian Services and teaching as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University. She also served as a challenge course facilitator for over 20 years. In addition, Lori has had the opportunity to lead trainings internationally in China, South Korea, Mexico and Colombia. Lori is proud to be part of the curriculum development team with the staff from Girls on the Run International and has co-written GOTR version 3 and Heart & Sole with the national staff. When she’s away from Girls on the Run, Lori is likely to be found running, biking or just hanging out with her husband or friends, fishing for salmon in the summer or serving in the youth ministry at her church. Lori and her husband also treasure the time they spend with their 3 grandchildren.
As a mother of 6 children and a nonprofit professional of 15 years, I am so excited to be part of the team helping to build awareness of this amazing organization! My experience includes working with adults and children with disabilities and their assistance dogs, as well as working with women and minority small business owners to start and grow their businesses. I have also taught painting classes for children and adults, and I teach dog obedience to families. When not working, you might find me at my kids band/orchestra/choir concerts, volleyball games, wrestling matches, or coaching GOTR at South Grandville.
After 10 years of working with community programming and youthwork with The Salvation Army, I am so excited to be joining the Girls on the Run team! As a former teacher, I have always had a passion for education and seeing girls reach their full potential. After seeing my daughter participate in the program a few years ago, I fell in love with the work of Girls on the Run and am thrilled to be a part of this amazing organization that shows girls that not only can they complete a 5k race, but the sky is the limit. At home, I am a mom of 3 kids who loves running, yoga, boxing, and spending time with my family up north. I look forward to this new journey with Girls on the Run and feel so fortunate to be a part of an organization I feel so passionately about.
I am so excited to join this amazing team at Kent County Girls on the Run because all girls should feel joy, happiness, and confidence in themselves. I started running with Gazelle Sports and coached GOTR in 2013. Finally I learned to run intervals of walking and running and build up to a 5K, 10K, and then Half Marathon and 25K. The running community is so encouraging and inspiring that I have made many friends who also live a happy, healthy lifestyle. I have worked in the schools as a teacher and counselor. You can usually find me near water, often teaching or competitively sailing, running or biking around the lake, navigating by kayak or paddleboard, and hiking the many Great Lakes beaches.
Kent County Health Department
Mayor's Office- City of Grand Rapids
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Grand Valley State University
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