I started my DI journey in 1999 as a team parent. After I saw the value of the DI program empowering our kids with the tenants of Creativity, Teamwork & Problem-Solving, and watching the outstanding creativity of the participants, I was truly bitten by the DI bug and started managing DI teams for my son Chris. I continued as team manager for both my son & then my daughter Liz’s team for the next 13 years. After moving to Georgia in 2001, I became part of the Georgia DI leadership team in the roles of Team Manager Liaison, Treasurer, and finally as Affiliate Director for the last 13 years. I’m blessed to be part of the DI family and have an outstanding group of individuals on the DI leadership team.
DI is truly a family affair in the Lohrmann household: my daughter Liz is a GA DI Challenge Master and Global Finals Appraiser, my son Chris was our Affiliate Score Room Master and is now Appraiser, my daughter-in-law Diana is a multi-year Appraiser, and my wife Laura is a DI widow (and frequent Appraiser at our tournaments).
When I’m not doing DI, I’m VP of Operations Engineering in the Digital Banking Division of Fiserv. I lead of group of software engineers, managing a Data Center environment for online & mobile banking for financial institutions.
Annette Rogers is the volunteer Affiliate Growth Director and Second Vice President where she oversees the growth and development of Teams in the Georgia Destination Imagination Program. Annette works closely with the Georgia Leadership Team, DI volunteers and Educators to provide every Georgia student the opportunity to participate in Destination Imagination. Annette’s own children Sam and Sara are Destination Imagination Alumni and are responsible for her first volunteer role 16 years ago as a DI mom. She has served faithfully in various roles ever since. Her DI Claim to Fame is being Team Manager for 17 Teams in a single program year. In May of 2016, Annette was presented the Spirit of Discovery and Imagination Award at Global finals by the DII Board of Trustees.
Annette is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. For years Annette provided systems support and training in Florida and Georgia, but she is now enjoying almost full-time volunteering with DI and working on Wednesdays for Dr. David Whiteman at Gwinnett Medical Center, Duluth. Annette enjoys cats, singing in the church choir and a Christmas caroling group, and visiting her daughter in Saint Augustine, Florida.
Lauren Lewis is serving as a first time Board member as the Volunteer Director for Georgia Enriches Minds Destination Imagination. She embarked on her Destination Imagination journey about five (5) years ago as a Team Manager for her daughter’s team. She also served as an Instant Challenge Day (GA) appraiser. What makes DI special to her? She likes the fact that DI gives team members the opportunity to develop their own ideas and implement those ideas from inception to fruition in an innovative way. She also love the fact that there are few boundaries to the team members’ creativity and they are rewarded when they think outside the box; Not to mention the many skills that team members learn along their DI journey like leadership, time management and honing in on their strengths.
When she is not busy with DI, she is “hanging out” with her family. She is married to Frank who volunteers periodically as an Appraiser. She has 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl who keep them very active with sports, school activities, etc.
She is a Systems Engineer for an AT&T IT department, her responsibilities include defining systems architecture and solutions using wireline and wireless technologies.
Terri was told her children not only thought outside the box, they didn’t know there was a box! Destination Imagination was a natural fit when she went looking for an outlet for her son’s creativity and love of building. A team manager for 3 years, she assumes the tournament/events coordinator position, overseeing food/beverage and physical operations for Georgia DI. Terri has a Master’s of Education. Her professional day is spent teaching and supporting child of all abilities. Leisure time will find her reading for book club, quilting, haunting finds at thrift stores and writing to lift and inspire others.
Mary Ellen LaRochelle has served as Treasurer for the Georgia Affiliate since 2014. Prior to joining the Board, Mary Ellen was a Team Manager for eight years for her daughter’s teams in the Meadowcreek cluster of the Gwinnett County school system. She also currently serves as Treasurer for another volunteer organization and has held several Board positions with other small nonprofits.
Mary Ellen has been employed as a database analyst with an Atlanta direct marketing agency for 16 years, working closely with both corporate clients and well-known charitable organizations.