Lori was 4 years old when her family moved to El Dorado County from the Bay Area. Living in Camino for several years provided her with a wonderful childhood filled with fond memories of playtime in the apple orchards and walking country lanes to visit friends. The family settled in Pollock Pines, where Lori excelled in school and found a passion for music. After graduating from El Dorado High School in 1982, she started at the local junior college, and soon began working and living in Cameron Park. Her path in college led her to move to the Sacramento region and transfer to California State University, Sacramento, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management Information Systems. It was there Lori met her husband Sam, and the two of them supported each other while starting a family, working, and completing college.
The young family had been living in Folsom when they decided to move away from the congestion of the city and return to the peaceful pace of El Dorado County, settling in Shingle Springs. As the children grew and blossomed at school, Lori stayed busy by volunteering in the classroom, participating in committees, and working part time. One of her favorite jobs was working half-days as a Library Assistant at Ponderosa High School, where she enjoyed the challenges and rewards of working with students and staff.
As Lori’s job at Ponderosa was ending, land use battles in El Dorado County were starting to heat up. First, the high density Tilden Park project was proposed in Shingle Springs. Lori teamed up with a neighbor to start and co-lead the Stop Tilden Park group, which advocated to keep the land zoning at one-acre parcels. A year later, after attending a meeting regarding the county’s General Plan Update, Lori and a few friends realized that there was a need to address issues in the Update. They created the Shingle Springs Community Alliance to advocate for keeping Shingle Springs rural. Lori has worked very hard as President of the Alliance, not only to stop incompatible, high density projects in Shingle Springs, but also to bring the community together to create a better plan for its future.
There are only so many hours in a day, but Lori found the perfect part-time job that would allow the flexibility needed to continue attending meetings and advocate for orderly growth in communities. The Forestry Challenge had grown to the point where the executive director needed someone to upgrade the website and handle office duties, so she reached out to Lori for assistance. That arrangement worked well for a couple years, until Lori needed to focus more time on the Shingle Springs Community Plan, which was approved for funding by the Board of Supervisors on December 5, 2017.
Development issues weren’t confined to only Shingle Springs. As other communities reached out to collaborate on how to stop incompatible development projects, Lori stepped up to assist. Alliances have grown between communities throughout the county in the hopes of holding the Board of Supervisors accountable to the General Plan’s promise of no gridlock traffic.