As an educator for over 30 years, Lori began her educational journey teaching gifted education, but most recently she was the Executive Director of a high achieving Charter School in Colorado. Lori has seen growth in hundreds of children, but nothing compared to the exponential change she witnessed in children graduating from Brain Balance. With a vision in their hearts, she and her husband, Jim, left their home in Colorado to open a Brain Balance Center in Pasadena, California. Lori is a wonderful baker and loves spending time with her children and grandkids.
Graduating from Colorado Christian University she holds a B.A. in Business Management, B.A. in Education, and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
Jim is very excited to have a center in Pasadena to help struggling children and families. Having spent time in ministry in a variety of states, Jim joins Brain Balance with a rich and varied background in guiding and supporting people. After his time in ministry, he began working in education as a School Counselor, as well as, working in an Adolescent Psychiatric Center. Being the Brain Balance Program Director is a great fit for Jim. He is experienced, educated and passionate about leading children and their families to a place of confidence, positivity, and a more peaceful life. Jim and Lori recently moved to Pasadena from Littleton, CO. In his free time, Jim is an avid outdoors person, with fishing, hunting and backpacking claiming top spots.
Jim has a B.A. in Religious Studies, a Masters of Divinity, and a Masters in School Counseling.
Amanda Kenney is a California native who has a vast experience in working with individuals with Developmental Disorders. Having a brother with Down Syndrome, Amanda started with volunteering with Regional Centers at a young age and she found herself forever attached to working with kids. She has a passion for seeing the potential in students and strives to work toward their success. She has worked in Applied Behavior Analysis the past few years and is so honored to be part of the Brain Balance Team of Pasadena as the Assistant Director. Amanda has found herself settled into the foothills of Pasadena and can often be found creating jewelry, enjoying the Huntington Gardens with her friends and family and exploring all the cool spots LA has to offer.
Amanda graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. in Journalism in 2013.
Head Academic and Sensory Coach
Born and raised in Southern California, Jon‘s experience and passion make him a wonderful addition to the Brain Balance Team. He worked 7 years under clinical supervision in Behavioral Science and eventually transitioned to a new frontier as a teacher assistant in Adaptive Physical Education for people with disabilities at Glendale Community College (GCC). This new venture inspired Jon to explore new strategies to support students in boosting their health, confidence and mental power. Brain Balance of Pasadena surfaced when Jon was seeking a fresh and valuable institute that focused on supporting students holistically. Jon also has experience teaching youths in film making, audio production and music lessons. In addition, Jon has been invited as a visiting artist and guest lecturer at Occidental College and the Echo Park Film Center.
Jon graduated from National University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2016.
Academic and Sensory Coach
Jennifer joins us with her expertise in Education Management and years of working with children. She is passionate about serving her local community and encouraging the kids to unlock their full potential. On her days off she loves to relax and de-stress with a visit to the beach, skateboarding by the seashore, passing the soccer ball around with friends and going to museums to learn all kinds of interesting facts about the world.
Jennifer is currently in her final semester at California State University where she will graduate with a B.A. in Psychology in June.
Event Coordinator & Coach
Elora joins the Brain Balance Team in Pasadena with years of experience in the youth education and the mental health field. From developing support programs for teen moms in South Africa to teaching English in China, her passion for working with children has taken her across the world! Elora looks forward to developing relationships with each child she coaches at Brain Balance. Her goal is to challenge and encourage them to push past their developmental or social obstacles to see improvement in confidence, self-worth and overall well-being. Elora has traveled to over 10 countries, loves sushi and can often be found at Disneyland with her fiance.
Elora graduated from Azusa Pacific University with her B.A. in Psychology in 2018.