Lori Visner ('07)
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Graduate Program of Study: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2007
Areas of Research: Public Sector Budget, Management, and Policy
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Current Employment: Facility Director of the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium
Lori Viser has devoted her entire career to public sector budget, management, and policy. In fact, one of her greatest academic accomplishments was completing an internship in Washington D.C. for U.S. Senator Mike DeWine. Upon completion of this internship, Lori’s educational career did not come to a halt as she enrolled in the Master in Public Administration program and successfully graduated in 2007.
Lori plans to continue her role as the Facility Director of the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium. In response to her current position, she stated, “I enjoy my Director position at the Natatorium, and having only been here for 10 months, I look forward to learning all the roles and responsibilities over the next several years and keeping the facility on a solid and financially sound path.”
Lori believes the MPA program prepared her well for her current director role. She describes the curriculum as “very helpful with day-to-day operations.” Specifically, Lori explains, “it provided lessons and suggestions I could take back to my place of employment, which improved both daily operations and financial decisions.” Lori claims that the one part of graduate school she misses most is the relationships and friendships with students and professors.
Lori acknowledges Dr. Joseph Drew for his expertise and support. “His dedication to the program and student body was remarkable and I know to this day, he has an open door at all times!” Lori stated.
Spending time with her husband, John, and daughter, Brooke, is something Lori enjoys during her free time. Lori wishes to provide the following advice for new graduate students: “Utilize the professors and their worldly experiences, network within the program (through professors or student counterparts), be aware and inquire about potential job opportunities, and take advantage of any field experience/internship opportunities that come your way. The key is to get your foot in the door.”