Lori Ciccarelli Stotko, MPS, is the founder of and Spiritual Director for Transforming Lives Advocacy. She is also currently employed with Mammoth Hospital (since 1998) holding the various roles as Spokesperson, Community Relations Director; currently as Patient Experience Manager and Spiritual Care Hospital Chaplain specializing in spiritual caregiving and bereavement. She chaired the hospital’s Leadership Development Institute overseeing leadership training for five years; and currently is an instructor for the Emerging Leader Program. She emceed the hospital’s TV reality show and final fund-raising gala Dancing with the Docs from 2012-2014. Lori earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, concentration in Journalism / Public Relations / Broadcasting, minor in Sociology from Walla Walla University, and continued her education in Cal Poly’s teacher credentialing program in which she taught at the elementary level for over 10 years. She earned her Master’s degree in Leadership and Organizations graduated summa cum laude from the University of Denver, and certification in Spiritual Direction, Formation and Leadership from the Leadership Institute in Orange, CA. Lori continued her education in grief counseling for hospital chaplains from the Spiritual Care Association in 2016-2017.
Lori earned Mammoth Hospital’s prestigious Excellence in Management Award 2010 – 2014; and honored as Walla Walla University’s Alumni of the Year 2011 recognized for community, church, and professional service. In 2008, she released a documentary film on her son “JJ’s Journey, A Journey about Autism” that has been showcased around the world as the official selection for several international film festivals, and nominated for the Autism Society of America Media Excellence Award 2009. The film has been featured on NBC and touted by Oprah’s Angel Network as “Ambassadors of Hope.” Lori held an appointed seat on the Board of Directors, California State Council on Developmental Disabilities from 2011 – 2015. To learn more about JJ’s Journey, visit www.autismjourney.net
Lori advocates, presents and offers classes, workshops and retreats on topics of advocacy, leadership & personal development, customer service, and clergy care. She was the leadership keynote speaker for Loma Linda University Medical Center Oasis Conference 2013 “Developing Emotional & Spiritual Intelligence,” keynote speaker for San Gabriel Academy Alumni Weekend 2017 “God’s Ripple Effect; Connecting our Past to our Future,” keynote speaker for Church on the Mountain Women’s Tea 2017 “High Tea in High Places; A Kingdom Perspective,” presented the sermon “The Age of Loneliness; the importance of community outreach ministry,” for the Lee Vining Presbyterian Church in 2017, featured presenter for Autism Conferences of America 2010 and panel expert for San Diego University 2011.
Lori has hosted spiritual renewal retreats focused on reflection and restoration since January 2013 which includes Pastoral & Clergy Care retreats. As a certified Spiritual Director, Lori helps others see God in their landscape by accompanying them on their spiritual journey. Her ministry is a healing ministry of transformation from the head (beliefs) to the heart (intimacy) enhancing relationship with God through Christian spiritual formation development. She also teaches leadership workshops focused on “Developing Emotional & Spiritual Intelligence.” For more information, contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org