Staff
LORI DICKINSON BLACK
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

There is something very special about a community like Edmond, Okla., who sees its’ schools as a source of pride. A joint research report by experts at Arizona State University and the University of Colorado clearly outline the role a community plays in impacting student and academic success. The report states, “U.S. students spend about 1,150 waking hours a year in school versus about 4,700 more waking hours per year in their families and neighborhoods.” It’s safe to say out-of-school factors can have a positive or negative impact and Edmond is taking its’ role seriously.

It’s my goal as well as the board of directors at the Edmond Public Schools Foundation to continue to build upon the support we’ve provided over the past several years. Strengthening the bridge we’ve built between the schools and our community is at the top of the list. However, I know people support what they have a part in creating and that’s why I want to establish open and regular lines of communications with our schools, parents, alumni and community leaders to continue to increase support in a multitude of ways for students and teachers.

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Lori has more than 20 years experience in public and media relations, fundraising, strategic planning and marketing, specifically working in the fields of education and nonprofit. Between March 2009-2014, Lori served as president and chief executive officer for The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools where she lead efforts to increase funding to students/teachers directly by more than 1,000 percent; increased the number of students impacted by programs by almost 2,000 percent; increased the number of donors by 380 percent; and increased the number of schools served from only 20 to all 90 schools in the district.

She grew up in Noble, Okla.,, is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, and holds a certificate of nonprofit and fundraising management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at the University of Indiana. Lori was recently named the 2016 Woman of the Year by the Edmond Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City, a member of the Journal Record’s 2010 Class of Achievers Under 40, and was a 2010 finalist for Oklahoma Woman of the Year. She serves and has served on a variety of nonprofit and education-related boards.  Lori and her husband, Robert, have four children (one in college and three in Edmond schools), four dogs, three cats, a bird and a fish.

ALLISON B. LAWRENCE
PROGRAM DIRECTOR
 
As Program Director, Allison serves the Foundation in a variety of capacities including managing the Great Ideas Grant process, coordinating special events such as The Celebration of Excellence, Charity Golf Tournament, and Hall of Fame, as well as assisting various EPSF committees for Communication, Governance, and Finance. Allison is an alumna of Edmond Public Schools, which equipped her greatly for her post-secondary education. She received a Bachelors in Arts in English from Texas Christian University and a Masters of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management focus, from the University of Oklahoma.

Allison has assisted other local organizations in strategic planning, risk management, leadership development, event planning, and volunteer coordination. She and her husband, Blake, have two young children and greatly enjoy living close to their extended families.