Meet Our Director

Maggie joined the Lori's Hands team as the organization's first Director in April, 2017. Maggie has a Master's Degree in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School and is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health in Delaware. She has spent her career working in social services, both as a mental health counselor and in aging adult services. Prior to her role with Lori's Hands, she was the Director of Older Adult services at a local nonprofit, overseeing an aging in place initiative. Maggie loves the concept of engaging students in service learning and is thrilled to be a part of the Lori's Hands work.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Board treasurer & co-founder,  Liz Bonomo , MS, is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she studied Foreign Languages & Literatures with minors in Political Science and Art History. Volunteering with Lori’s Hands inspired her to pursue a Master's degree in Community Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, which she completed in 2017. Liz works in infectious disease research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Board treasurer & co-founder, Liz Bonomo, MS, is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she studied Foreign Languages & Literatures with minors in Political Science and Art History. Volunteering with Lori’s Hands inspired her to pursue a Master's degree in Community Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, which she completed in 2017. Liz works in infectious disease research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Kevin Harris , of Silver Spring, MD, has been working with the nonprofit community for 30 years. He has served as the Director of a bilingual alternative high school for high school dropouts as well as a Senior Housing Planner for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Kevin is the principal of Kevin Harris Consulting which provides business and marketing consulting to assist small and medium-sized nonprofits and companies to grow.

Kevin Harris, of Silver Spring, MD, has been working with the nonprofit community for 30 years. He has served as the Director of a bilingual alternative high school for high school dropouts as well as a Senior Housing Planner for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Kevin is the principal of Kevin Harris Consulting which provides business and marketing consulting to assist small and medium-sized nonprofits and companies to grow.

Board president & co-founder,  Sarah LaFave , MPH, RN, BSN, is a graduate of the University of Delaware School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Sarah has worked as an older adult care manager at a nonprofit, as well as at the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences as Director of Community Health Initiatives. Lori's Hands is named in memory of Sarah's mom, Lori. Sarah is pursuing her PhD at Johns Hopkins University.

Board president & co-founder, Sarah LaFave, MPH, RN, BSN, is a graduate of the University of Delaware School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Sarah has worked as an older adult care manager at a nonprofit, as well as at the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences as Director of Community Health Initiatives. Lori's Hands is named in memory of Sarah's mom, Lori. Sarah is pursuing her PhD at Johns Hopkins University.

Our board secretary & past-UD student president,  Alexa Rivadeneira,  is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she studied Sociology and Public Policy. Alexa is a Senior Foundation Account Manager at Catchafire in New York City. Alexa joined Lori's Hands as a student volunteer in 2010. She fell in love with the work so much that after graduation, she continued her involvement as a board member. Alexa still regularly visits and talks on the phone with her former Lori’s Hands client.

Our board secretary & past-UD student president, Alexa Rivadeneira, is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she studied Sociology and Public Policy. Alexa is a Senior Foundation Account Manager at Catchafire in New York City. Alexa joined Lori's Hands as a student volunteer in 2010. She fell in love with the work so much that after graduation, she continued her involvement as a board member. Alexa still regularly visits and talks on the phone with her former Lori’s Hands client.

Michael Smith , MPA, is Delaware State Representative for District 22 and Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships for the UD College of Health Sciences. Previously, Michael was Executive Director of the Greater Newark Economic Development Partnership, and prior, Assistant Finance Director for Congressman Mike Castle. Michael has seen first-hand the impact of Lori’s Hands as his beloved grandmother is a long-time client.

Michael Smith, MPA, is Delaware State Representative for District 22 and Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships for the UD College of Health Sciences. Previously, Michael was Executive Director of the Greater Newark Economic Development Partnership, and prior, Assistant Finance Director for Congressman Mike Castle. Michael has seen first-hand the impact of Lori’s Hands as his beloved grandmother is a long-time client.

Luke Warford , MSc is a Risk Management Associate with Facebook. Previously he was an Analyst with Albright Stonebridge Group’s Africa Practice. Prior, Luke was a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in the African Union Commission’s Department of Trade and Industry. Luke has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware.

Luke Warford, MSc is a Risk Management Associate with Facebook. Previously he was an Analyst with Albright Stonebridge Group’s Africa Practice. Prior, Luke was a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in the African Union Commission’s Department of Trade and Industry. Luke has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware.

Meet Our Student Leaders

Our graduate assistant,  Emily Benoit,  received her B.S in communication disorders and psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst where she specialized in developmental disabilities and human services. She is currently a first-year Master's student studying speech-language pathology.

Our graduate assistant, Emily Benoit, received her B.S in communication disorders and psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst where she specialized in developmental disabilities and human services. She is currently a first-year Master's student studying speech-language pathology.

Our president,  Judy Yang , is from Rehoboth Beach, DE. Judy is double majoring in Accounting and Management Information Systems. Judy says that she loves being part of Lori's Hands and spending time with our clients, and that she is honored to be chosen to serve on the exec board for this year!

Our president, Judy Yang, is from Rehoboth Beach, DE. Judy is double majoring in Accounting and Management Information Systems. Judy says that she loves being part of Lori's Hands and spending time with our clients, and that she is honored to be chosen to serve on the exec board for this year!

Our vice president,  Nadia Akhtar , is from Bear, DE. She is a biology major with minors in psychology and history, and plans on attending medical school upon graduation. Nadia loves being a part of Lori’s Hands and feels as if she is making a difference in her community through each and every client visit.

Our vice president, Nadia Akhtar, is from Bear, DE. She is a biology major with minors in psychology and history, and plans on attending medical school upon graduation. Nadia loves being a part of Lori’s Hands and feels as if she is making a difference in her community through each and every client visit.

Our recruitment chair,  Shannon Murphy , is a Medical Diagnostics major from Bridgewater, NJ. Shannon plans to attend physician assistant school. As Recruitment Chair, she works to bring greater awareness of Lori's Hands to the university community in hopes of increasing student involvement.

Our recruitment chair, Shannon Murphy, is a Medical Diagnostics major from Bridgewater, NJ. Shannon plans to attend physician assistant school. As Recruitment Chair, she works to bring greater awareness of Lori's Hands to the university community in hopes of increasing student involvement.

Our finance chair,  Emily Pizzimenti , is a Medical Diagnostics major with a minor in Disability Studies from Manalapan, NJ. She loves that LH provides her with an opportunity to make an impact on individual lives. After graduation she plans to enroll in a physician assistant program with a focus in pediatrics.

Our finance chair, Emily Pizzimenti, is a Medical Diagnostics major with a minor in Disability Studies from Manalapan, NJ. She loves that LH provides her with an opportunity to make an impact on individual lives. After graduation she plans to enroll in a physician assistant program with a focus in pediatrics.