Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Lori Wilson
Name: Lori Wilson
Family: Husband, Brad; son, Brandon, who will be a sixth-grader at Tonganoxie Middle School; and daughter, Kate, who will be a third-grader at Tonganoxie Elementary School; and dog, Maggie, a Boxer.
Occupation: Senior commercial loan assistant at First State Bank and Trust.
Dream job as a child: Wilson wanted to be a veterinarian — until she found out she would have to euthanize animals.
Interesting fact: She became friends with her husband when she moved into the same neighborhood at the age of 8.
“We didn’t date until college, when we moved two hours away from each other,” Wilson said.
Digging deeper: After graduating from Abilene High School in 1996, Wilson attended Kansas University and then Johnson County Community College. While attending college, she worked part-time at a bank.
“That’s when I realized banking was a good fit for me,” Wilson said.
She worked full-time as a Bank Manager at Central National Bank in Lawrence until her soon-to-be husband graduated from college and accepted a position in Wichita. They moved to Wichita where she managed a bank for Fidelity Bank for a few years before deciding to stay home with the children.
In 2010, her husband accepted a job opportunity in Kansas City. That’s when they decided to raise their family in Tonganoxie.
“We have absolutely fallen in love with the town of Tonganoxie and the people,” Wilson said. “Once my youngest went to preschool, I decided it was time to join the workforce again. I worked at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center as the business office manager before finding my way to First State Bank and Trust.”
Wilson recently graduated as part of the Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development Class of 2016.
She also is an advocate and fundraiser for Beauty for Ashes Uganda, an organization dedicated to empowering widows and orphans in the Teso region of Uganda.
In her spare time, Wilson enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching her children compete in their various activities and sports.