Lori Ann Spacheck’s love of public radio began at a young age. “My mother would always have our local public radio station on the car radio,” she says with a smile. “I didn’t want to admit it to her but I loved listening to it. I guess you could say I was a bit of a closet listener.”

A Texas native, Lori Ann brought that love of public radio with her when she and her family moved to Pittsburg in 2005 to open an office with State Farm Insurance. Although not a graduate of Pittsburg State University, she quickly came to love all things Gorilla, including her local public radio station. “When I discovered that KRPS was associated with Pittsburg State it was the best of both worlds,” she explains. “It gave me the opportunity to continue my support of public radio and help students succeed.”

Lori Ann and her husband Jeff have taken the next step in supporting PSU by including the Foundation in their estate plans and becoming members of the Heritage Society. “Neither one of us are alumni of Pittsburg State,” says Spacheck. “But we believe so strongly in this university that we wanted to make certain we left a legacy of support for future Gorillas.”

Lori Ann, and her husband Jeff, have three children Abigail, Rebecca, and Thomas. They live in Pittsburg, Kansas.