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Lori M. Smith, M.Ed.

Lori M. Smith, M.Ed., Director of Operations

Lori began volunteering with LPCF in 2007, when her own child was diagnosed with a heart condition, and she also served on the board before joining the staff. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Louisiana State University in 2001 with her B.S. in Elementary Education, grades 1-8, and concentration in early childhood education. A recipient of the Cain Fellowship, Lori completed the rigorous Holmes Program within LSU’s College of Education, receiving her Master’s in Education degree in 2002. A certified teacher, her eight years of experience in education from 2002-2010 encompassed a variety of roles in both public and private schools: elementary teacher, K-5th Math and Science Facilitator, and K-12 Director of Instructional Technology. From 2010-2013, Lori worked for multiple education-focused nonprofits in Baton Rouge, where her duties mainly included program management, development and grant writing. She began working for LPCF in September 2013, and her main roles include development, managing the family grants program, bookkeeping and daily operations, and facilitating the Louisiana Heart Moms Facebook support group. Lori completed the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Development Fellows program in 2015. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO). She was the recipient of the 2015 Saundra Lane Community Award. Contact Lori at [email protected].

Devin Durdin, B.S., Heart Screen and Fundraising Event Coordinator
Devin graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a concentration in Kinesiology. During her time in college, she enjoyed volunteering through her sorority, Phi Mu, which is the only sorority sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Following graduation, Devin worked as an Ophthalmic Technician and obtained her certification through Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant.

Devin began working for LPCF in November 2017 as the Heart Screen and Fundraising Event Coordinator. Her primary duties for the Heart Screen Program include identifying partnering schools, communicating with coaches and athletic directors, coordinating screenings at each designated site, and allocating resources of participating partners. Her primary duties for fundraising events include developing strategies to encourage new or increased contributions, developing fundraising activity plans that maximize participation, coordinating web-based fundraising activities, planning and directing special events for fundraising, recruiting sponsors, participants, and volunteers, promoting special events and activities through social media, preparing materials for charitable events, and working with third party vendors to ensure the success of each event.

When she’s not organizing heart screenings or planning fundraising events, Devin enjoys spending time with family and her husband, Andrew, whom she was introduced to at LPCF’s 2nd Annual Helping Heal Little Hearts event! Contact Devin at [email protected].

Trish Caples-Tierney, A.S., New Orleans Chapter Coordinator

Trish began her journey with LPCF in January of 2016, a few months shy of one year after returning from Boston with her daughter Aubrey, where she received her 3rd open heart surgery. While preparing her family for the long track to Boston, she identified that there was a need for financial support and awareness of CHD children living in the Greater New Orleans area in Louisiana. Trish teamed up with LPCF as a Volunteer Heart Mom and has been working diligently organizing the LPCF Nola Heart Moms Facebook support group & events, coordinating New Orleans based fundraising, and securing sponsorships for LPCF’s events. Trish’s biggest blessings are her 4 children and supportive husband, Brandon. When she’s not beating the pavement as our NOLA Coordinator, she’s a Volunteer Tee-Ball Coach for Norco Recreation and a full time Commercial Account Manager for ORKIN Pest Control. Contact Trish at [email protected]