Originally from a small town in Minnesota, Lori moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University (ASU) where she competed four years on the gymnastics team, then completed Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition & Dietetics with an emphasis in Exercise Science. While pursuing a Master's degree, she worked in private fitness centers training novice fitness enthusiasts to world class athletes and taught aerobic exercise classes. She also worked as the Assistant Gymnastics Coach at ASU for a year, then earned her credential as a Registered Dietitian.
She initially worked at a local acute healthcare facility as a Clinical RD and Assistant Food Service Manager. Then after several years, she had the wonderful opportunity to combine her Fitness, Exercise Science and Nutrition backgrounds to work as the Fitness and Wellness Coordinator at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC). After 10 years at CGCC, she transferred to Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) into a Nutrition Faculty position. At PVCC she taught a variety of Food and Nutrition (FON) classes and developed and implemented an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dietetic Technology, an accredited program by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Lori also holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Group Fitness Instructor and from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as an Exercise Physiologist (EP). In addition to gymnastics, she was a competitive triathlete, but now just enjoys all outdoor sports such as hiking, mountain biking, snow and water skiing, and maintaining her competitive spirit through her son's basketball.
After serving several years as the Health and Exercise Science Division Chair, she is excited to be back in the classroom to guide students in expanding their knowledge in Nutrition and Wellness, and in developing healthy habits for optimal performance in everything they do, as well as to help them achieve a long, healthy, high-quality life!