LFA, PNW’s newest Board of Directors member, and volunteer Project Manager for Support Groups
We are pleased to announce that Lori Campbell, of Oak Harbor, Washington, was voted onto the LFA, PNW Board of Directors at its November meeting. We are thrilled that Lori has agreed to serve as LFA, PNW’s volunteer Project Manager for Support Groups. In this new post, Lori will work closely with LFA, PNW’s CEO Celia Y. Weisman, to create a strong network between our region’s volunteer support group facilitators. Lori will also be an initial source of information and assistance for the Chapter’s facilitators. In addition to helping organize our new Support Group Facilitator training coming up on January 12th, 2014, Lori will ensure that all facilitators continue to have “refresher” sessions when necessary. We’re fortunate to have a woman with a masterful combination of personal and professional experience, as well as her own long battle with lupus, takes on this important role.
Lori was diagnosed with Lupus Systemic Erythematosus nearly twenty years ago. At the time of her diagnosis she was a second class petty officer in the Navy and was applying for candidate programs to pursue a goal of becoming an officer. However, because of lupus, she was medically retired from the Navy. Lori went on to continue her education, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Washington University in 2003. In 2011 she finished a Master’s of Science in Psychology degree from the University of Phoenix. During that time Lori also served as a volunteer Sexual Assault Prevention/Domestic Violence Advocate for the Naval Air Station in Whidbey Island, WA. And during the past eight years she has been the Parent Representative Liaison for the Oak Harbor Youth Football League. Lori is especially proud of being a single mother of a wonderful 21 year old son.
Lori has always been an individual that faces challenges head on, with a positive attitude. Fighting lupus has not changed her perspective. She loves to use humor to make people feel better and lift a person’s spirit. Lori’s wise grandmother used to say “laughter heals the soul,” and Lori firmly believe that the mind, body, and spirit are one. “Lupus,” Lori says, “is not something any person should have to face alone.”
Lori’s energy, passion, deep caring, her military and volunteer experience, as well as her expertise in psychology, facilitation and advocacy will be put to superb use in her role as LFA, PNW’s Project Manager for Support Groups. We are deeply grateful to Lori for taking on this exciting post.