Lori Breen, LCSW, is the Coordinator of the Veterans Empowerment Center at the Corporal J. Crescenz VAMC. Lori served as the Social Work Internship Program Administrative Coordinator as well as the Social Work Professional Board Chair for the past several years. She collaborated with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice to help develop a P.E.A.R.L.S. Fellowship course designed to introduce students to social work practice in the Veterans Administration and taught the first module for the past three years. Prior to the VA, Lori worked in community mental health where she led a county-sponsored pilot aimed at transforming traditional mental health services into recovery-oriented services and supports. As a result of her work with her team, she was awarded The Montgomery County Mental Health Committee’s Distinguished Programmatic Leadership Award in 2004. She acquired her certification in Non-Profit Executive Leadership from Bryn Mawr University in 2007, expanding her knowledge of program design and governance. Lori is passionate about partnering with people who have been diagnosed with mental illness, developing programs and initiatives designed to reconnect individuals to themselves, their communities, and meaning and purpose in their lives.