Pregnancy Center Director
Certified Ziglar Legacy Trainer
Equipped with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana and a background in social work, public administration, and missions, Lori Devillez began her career path of serving pregnancy centers in 1992. She quickly advanced from a volunteer position to director of the pregnancy center and a maternity home. Form 1997-2005 Lori traveled the nation as president of The Heidi Group, an Austin, Texas, organization helping centers developed strategic ministry and providing training in all aspects of pregnancy resource center management. Lori's training classes include superior management and administrative practices; strategic planning for boards of directors, personnel training and certification; fundraising-raising; development of new centers, exceptional conferences and continuing education; media campaigns that reach women in crisis; and more.
Lori developed a heart for the 100,000-plus university students in Austin, where she moved in 1997. Her vision for a pregnancy center adjacent to the University of Texas campus was realized in January 2005 when the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center opened. In March of that year Lori DeVillez became the executive director of that facility and has since planted 12 more pregnancy resource centers in the Austin area.
Lori has been featured twice on Focus on the Family's Heartlink, a web-based outreach to women's resource/pregnancy centers, and she was awarded the 2011 Texas Business Woman of the Year Award by the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Texas. Lori is recognized and respected for inspiring a Culture of Life through her work, and she continues to help create "A New Day" as a Ziglar Legacy Certified Trainer.
“Lori DeVillez has been a workshop presenter at Heartbeat International Conferences many times. Lori consistently gets high evaluation scores with positive comments from the attendees which include words like ‘encouraging and helpful.’ Lori is a delight to work with in planning and developing leadership ideas and topics for our conference and Heartbeat always welcomes the opportunity to have Lori present at our events. I am happy to recommend her as a leader for training.”
- Betty McDowell, Heartbeat International, Director of Ministry Services
“Lori Devillez was instrumental in establishing the South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center and initially training me as the Executive Director. Not only was Lori extremely knowledgeable regarding the pro-life movement but I found her relational and comforting. I am constantly reminded of how she taught me to recognize fear. We are in a war over our souls and fear has no place in the Kingdom of God. Acting out of fear can be a devastating blow to the ministry. I’m sure you will find Lori a highly motivational and encouraging speaker.”
- Lore Cottone, LMSW, Executive Director, South Austin PRC