Lori founded HERO to pursue her passion of teaching children kindness and respect for all. A college professor successfully argued to Lori’s class that education is the key to solving many problems. Although the professor’s message stayed with her, she pursued a career in law. While law is intellectually rewarding, it is not warm and fuzzy, so she volunteered at a local animal shelter walking dogs and playing with cats. As she learned about the rescue community and all their good work, it seemed one piece was missing– education. She had come full circle; her college professor would be happy. She then sought volunteer work as a humane educator, working with Bark Avenue Foundation and Lucky Dog Humane Education. It was soon thereafter that HERO was born.
The idea came one afternoon after observing elementary school children enthusiastically participate in a humane education program about dogs. This was the third time Lori had the opportunity to co-present. The children were excited and attentive. They were taught about animal shelters, pet overpopulation, spay and neuter, microchips, kindness, breed discrimination, and encouraged to keep their pets forever. Driving away from the school, Lori felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of children who would benefit from learning these important principles and the limits of her ability to reach them all. Bark Avenue has a handful of volunteers available to teach during after school programs; and the few times Lori had participated, she was taking time off work. On the drive home, she pondered how we could teach more children and the “aha” moment came. Videos that anyone can stream online!
After more thought and planning, she changed jobs to free up some time. She continues to teach at elementary schools, gaining valuable experience. She is honored and grateful to work with a talented and dedicated Board of Directors who will launch HERO to its full potential.
Lori also enjoys researching and writing articles for a dog blog. Lori’s sister, a retired teacher, has agreed to act as a consultant for HERO video production. Lori lives with her boyfriend and rescue dog, Orson.