Lori Bishop – Executive Director

Lori has 35 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, traveling, warm beverages, and the company of her husband, daughter, and their cats, Larry & George. 

Cassidy Doran- Volunteer Coordinator

Cassidy Doran is the new Volunteer Coordinator with years of experience working as a volunteer herself. Her passion for volunteering was developed at a young age by working through Girl Scouts of America. She continued her volunteer work over the years by serving on mission trips to Illinois, Colorado, and Oklahoma to help with various organizations including the Serve Moore Project after the 2013 tornado. Cassidy later joined the volunteer team at Children’s Mercy Hospitals to work with special needs children.

Cassidy is a Kansas native who attended Emporia State University to pursue a degree in Health and Human Performance in hopes of helping others and the community. During her time at ESU, Cassidy continued her volunteer work through multiple student organizations including Student Ambassadors and Blue Key Honor Society. 

Through her generous volunteer work over the years, Cassidy developed a passion for the Alzheimer’s community. Before moving to the Manhattan area, she worked as an intern with The LEAP! Program through the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Emporia State University. 

In her free time, Cassidy enjoys crafting projects, gardening, and getting out to explore the beauty of the Flint Hills and Kansas. Cassidy also enjoys spending time with her friends and family including her boyfriend, Garrett, and her cat, Macaroni.