Lori graduated in 1981 from EMU with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught Kindergarten at Elkton Elementary School from 1981-1984. A move to Iowa City came in 1984 where her husband attended the University of Iowa for 4 years. They then moved to Decorah, IA, for an additional 14 years. By this time, they had 3 beautiful daughters! Lori stayed home raising them during most of those years. During the last four years in Decorah, Lori worked at Luther College with a program which came from a grant from the 3M Company. She and her family moved back to the Shenandoah Valley in 2002 and she began working at EMU with The Lilly Project in August of that year.
Jonathan graduated from EMU in 2000 with B.A. in Sociology and Justice, Peace & Conflict Studies. As a student he was an active leader and organizer on and off campus, including two years chairing both Peacefellowship and Earthkeepers student organizations.
Jonathan worked for a year as a mediator at Good Shepherd Mediation Center in Philadelphia and as a carpenter for six years. He became the EMU Recycling and Waste Reduction Manager in 2005. Under his leadership EMU Recycling became the first and only university recycling program in the U.S. to collect recycling using utility bicycle trailers rather than fossil-fueled trucks and vans.
In the fall of 2010 Jonathan took on the Sustainability Coordinator job at EMU. His work includes measuring and reducing the university’s carbon footprint, leading campus efforts to improve bicycle and pedestrian friendliness, speaking on and off campus on a variety of sustainability-related topics, and providing leadership for setting and attaining EMU’s long term sustainability goals.
Jonathan is an avid bicycle commuter and is happiest playing and working outdoors, with fresh baked bread in one hand, a book in the other and his two kids in between. He has recently finished designing and building a house for his family on their 11 acre farm near Harrisonburg.
Betty and her team are responsible for the West side of campus. They clean the Seminary,Campus Center,Northlawn,Roselawn,Hillside and 3 houses on campus.
She is married to Steve and they live in Clover Hill. They enjoy music and gardening. They have one son, Alex and his wife Samantha and two grandchildren, Cash and Vivian.