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 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.
Patty Karr is the Volunteer Coordinator for FHVC. For the past ten years she worked in higher education as a Student Success Advocate at Johnson County Community College and then continued as Student Services Assistant at Kansas State University. Patty has her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kansas State University and her Masters in Liberal Arts from Baker University.
Patty and her husband moved back to their alma mater in Manhattan three years ago. They love checking “must do” K-State and Manhattan events off their Bucket List such as floating in the Little Apple Glow Paddle and serving at the annual Manhattan Christmas Dinner. Patty joined the Konza Rotary Club this year, and enjoys volunteering her service and time within the community. They also love traveling back to Kansas City to visit their three children, one daughter-in-law, and one grandson. At home, they have two dogs that help them explore the trails around Manhattan.