Lori Bishop – Executive Director

Lori has 36 years of experience in non-profit management and is responsible for fiscal and program management. Lori is a Certified Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Trainer. A native Kansan, Lori is actively involved in the community and serves on several committees.

Lori serves on the Board of Directors for the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition, Kansas Association of Senior Corps Directors (Immediate Past President), and past secretary for National Association of RSVP Directors. She was recently appointed to the Governor’s Board Sub-Committee for Service Members, Veterans & Families.

Lori was a member of the 2011 Leadership Manhattan Class and the 2011 American Express Leadership Academy. Lori has received recognition for her work on behalf of the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition and was presented the Lady Victory Coin by former Brig. Gen. Sean Swindell, the Deputy commanding general (maneuver), 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley; and was given the Medallion of Excellence Award by the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition. 

Lori has three sons and five grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys K-State sports, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family. Lori’s favorite holiday is Christmas and all the hustle and bustle of shopping and decorating!

Karen Paulus – Program Services Coordinator

Karen Paulus is the Program Services Coordinator with FHVC with over a decade of non-profit experience. A Virginia native, Karen is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumna where she worked with a refugee resettlement agency, she led the Community Service Center at California Lutheran University, and was the Hawaii Chapter Director with Blue Star Families while stationed on Oahu prior to moving to Manhattan.  Karen has her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Christopher Newport University and her Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University.  

When not working, Karen is often exploring the Flint Hills or spending a quiet moment with friends.  She also enjoys reading, embroidery, warm beverages, and the company of her husband, daughter, and their cats, Larry & George. Recently, Karen was recruited by a volunteer to join a bowling league. Her current goal each week is to beat her (high) handicap. 

Emily Vieyra- Volunteer Coordinator

Emily Vieyra is the Volunteer Coordinator with Connecting Students to Communities programs at FHVC. A native Kansan who spent five years in Los Angeles, she returned to Kansas with her two sons in 2014 with a renewed appreciation of native grasslands and open spaces! She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in English from Kansas State University. For the past three years, Emily taught K-12 Art as well as Composition, Creative Writing, and Theatre Appreciation courses at the community college level. Her own volunteer work focuses mainly on elementary art education and non-profit art event programming. Emily enjoys acrylic painting, paper mache sculpting, writing short fiction, taking care of her crested gecko, and enjoying every moment she can with her kids. 

Lasondra Aurand- Volunteer Intern

Lasondra Aurand is the current intern at FHVC. Native to North Central Kansas, Lasondra is an upcoming Senior at Kansas State University, majoring in Human Development and Family Science. Her post-graduation plans are to obtain her Master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy. Volunteering has been a large part of Lasondra’s life, as she grew up participating in 4-H, KAY Club, and local volunteer programs, such as assisting at the Food Bank. She even organized a city-wide diaper drive called “Benefit the Babies” her Junior year of high school.

In her free time, Lasondra loves to go on adventures. She studied abroad in Spain, where she volunteered to teach English as a second language at a local high school. She loves to attend live performances such as concerts and plays, spend time with her boyfriend and their cat “Bean Bag,” and watch old movies with her family. One day, she would like to publish her own young adult novel.