Lori S. Jobe, President and CEO
It all started back in the early 90’s when I was a live-in nanny for my cousin who had severe protein allergies. It was my responsibility to find creative and effective ways to improve her health with a nutritional diet of safe foods that would keep her from having continuous hospitalizations as a result of the allergies. I found my calling and fell in love with the challenge and the idea of a career in the field of working with other special needs children or adults to make a difference in their lives.
As the mother of two children, Hannah 10 and Brian 8, my mothering instinct comes in handy in a profession that requires split second decisions. And with over 20 years of experience working with special needs children, there isn’t a situation that I haven’t seen or worked through to keep a child safe and happy.
In 1995 I moved from California to Arizona and began working in the Tempe School District Special Needs Department. For the first few years I worked with the children in the Inclusive Program, and from there I progressed to the Emotionally Disturbed Program. Through my experience with the Tempe School District, and history of taking care of my cousin, I advanced in the field to become a Provider.
From there my dream for A Special Connection Foundation came true. Our community now has a special center with special services provided by an Arizona Certified staff specifically trained to meet the special needs of his or her assigned youth, teen or adult. The Adult Program was launched this summer providing more opportunities for everyone to fulfill their dreams!
When not at ASCF I absolutely love to spend time cheering on Brian at his BMX races and listening to Hannah sing in her chorus performances. Being a supportive parent is rewarding and who knows maybe Brian will be on ESPN and Hannah will make the cut for American Idol someday. In quieter moments I enjoy reading or going for a swim.