Meet the Panel
We are excited to introduce our guest panelists and moderator for our upcoming Women with Momentum event on November 28th. We can't wait for you to hear about the stories behind each of these incredible women and their thoughts on various topics related to business and the community.
Moderator: Lisa Ray Koenig
Lisa Ray's career has taken many paths... from working on cruise ships to being stranded at sea (but that's another story) to finding herself behind the microphone a various local radio stations. During her days in radio she found herself also writing a bi-weekly column called "Fifty Shades of Ray" sharing stories of her daily life, whether it be home renovation adventures with Husband or trying to keep in step at her Zumba class! Lisa Ray has since retired from radio broadcasting and has now found a new relaxing career as a Registered Reflexologist and an Ayurvedic Indie Head Masseuse, along with being an Ambassador/Executive Director for the Gibbard District in Napanee.
Panelist: Laurie French
Laurie French is a six-term School Board Trustee with the Limestone District School Board since 2000. With a career in health care that began as a nurse after graduating from NDSS, she is currently working as a Director with the South East LHIN, achieving her undergraduate and Master’s degree in Public Administration part time. Her passion for governance and local voice in education grew from her initial involvement in school council when her 2 children entered school, and she decided to run in the Municipal election in Greater Napanee. She has served as chair of her Board and is the past President for the Ontario Public School Boards Association, and very proud to serve as President of the Canadian School Boards Association, along with the Community Foundation for L&A. She sees public education as the ‘great enabler’ to the success of future generations of children and takes pride in supporting the system. She believes if you need something done, ask a busy person!
Panelist: Thomasina Larkin
Thomasina Larkin, owner of The Health Hut in Enterprise, is a Registered Massage Therapist, Master of Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy (MAT), Personal Trainer and Yoga and Fitness Instructor. Her business, located in a big beautiful yurt, has grown steadily for six years by attracting clients who want to learn more about the root of their dysfunction and how to become empowered to continue their own healing path. Thomasina is in a career transition now as she is being trained to become the first MAT instructor in Canada; the first teacher trainer for PhysioKinetix (a pain management and mobility program); and she is developing her own MYoga (Myoskeletal Yoga) program. She hopes to share her science-based knowledge with other local therapists to help get more people living pain-free.
Panelist: Meighen Hodgen
Born and raised in Napanee, Meighen graduated in 2014 from the University of Waterloo with a BSc. majoring in Kinesiology. Meighen’s life long passion of health and fitness led her to open Diamond Fitness Mixed Martial Arts at the end of 2015. She is has an active part in the business community being a board member of the Chamber of Commerce, and has had the opportunity to be a part of multiple panels across Eastern Ontario for various business events. Meighen also has a passion in the modelling industry where she held the 2018 Miss Greater Napanee title and placed top team and top 10 athlete at Miss World Canada 2018.
Panelist: Lori Morris
Lori’s career started in the banking business in 1987. She soon met Joan Elm and got into the optical industry. When Joan and her friend Keith Heywood decided to open Napanee Opticians they asked Lori to join them. After Joan tragically passed away in 2003, Lori took over the business and carried on, drawing on all the life and business lessons Joan had taught her over the years.
Volunteering is something that was instilled in Lori from a young age. Her parents were instrumental in founding Community Living because of her sister Linda who had Down’s Syndrome. Lori joined the Board of Directors of Community Living in 1999 and have held several roles over the years, currently being the Past President. In 2016, Lori answered a Facebook request to help start a 100 Women Who Care chapter here in Lennox and Addington and currently is a Board Member for the Downtown BIA.