Lori DeVillez has always had a deep desire to serve the unborn, and their mothers. Equipped with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology/social work from the University of Southern Indiana, and a background in social work, public administration, and missions, Lori began her career path of serving pregnancy centers in 1992. From her first position which provided on-the-job medical training, to leadership of both a pregnancy center and a maternity home, Lori advanced to becoming President of The Heidi Group, an Austin, Texas-based organization that assists women’s pregnancy resource centers.
From 1997-2005 Lori traveled the nation on behalf of The Heidi Group, helping centers develop strategic ministry and providing training in all aspects of pregnancy resource center management. Lori’s teachings included superior management and administrative practices, strategic planning for boards of directors, personnel training and certification, fund-raising, development of new centers, how to have great conferences and offer continuing education as well as developing successful media campaigns to reach women in crisis and more.
Lori discovered she had a heart for the 100,000 plus students of the University dense city of Austin, Texas shortly after she moved there in 1997. Her vision for a pregnancy center adjacent to the UT campus was realized in January of 2005 when the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center became a reality. In March of that year, Lori became the executive director of that facility and has planted 12 more pregnancy resource centers in the Austin area, to date, and mobile pregnancy services.
Focus on the Family featured Lori in its April 1998 and September 2002 editions of Heartlink, a web-based outreach to women’s resource/pregnancy centers. In 2009, Lori received her Certificate of Ordination from Victory Christian Center of Austin and later became a graduate of Victory Christian Bible Institute. In 2011, Lori was awarded the Texas Business Woman of the Year Award given by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas.
Lori still serves as executive director of the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center, in addition to a variety of other roles. She loves speaking to audiences about the pro-life movement, and how every person can make a difference for the unborn.
“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.”
“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.”