Meet Laurie Lopez

by Jan Whitmer

As Programs Coordinator, our newest staff member Laurie Lopez, will be working with teachers and volunteers to schedule our services. Growing up in Suisun City near Fairfield, Laurie graduated several years ago from California State University Monterey Bay in Health and Human Services. Before joining the Environmental Volunteers, she taught at a day care center in San Jose. Drawn to the EV because of our mission, Laurie began work in mid-May and has signed up for the fall training.

While in college, Laurie volunteered over 450 hours in community service, during which time she learned firsthand how important volunteers are to an organization and the positive ways they may be encouraged. She has volunteered with non-profits in health and social service areas, for Santa Clara County Parks, and for the Chuck Haugen Conservation Fund, an organization that works to appreciate those who are helping conserve the Monterey Bay area ecosystems. Another benefit of college for Laurie was meeting her husband Adrian—they were next-door neighbors in the dormitory. “Inseparable for the last 7 years,” Laurie says they have recently moved to San Jose, along with their two cats.

Laurie’s avocations include a strong interest in arts and crafts. She draws, paints, and, most recently, has taken up photography. She and Adrian also love to hike, especially at Point Lobos and Big Sur, and go camping, Manresa Uplands near Santa Cruz being a favorite spot. Please drop by the office and welcome Laurie to the EV family!



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