Lorena's position as Co-Head Athletic Trainer at Fullerton College is the culmination of many years of studying and pursuing an appointment as an Athletic Trainer at the collegiate level. Lorena joins the Hornet family after serving as Assistant Athletic Trainer at Chapman University for 8 years. In addition to serving as an athletic trainer, Lorena also worked as a part-time faculty member and approved clinical instructor within the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP).
Lorena played soccer at the collegiate level for two years at Santa Rosa JC. Upon enrolling at SRJC, she fell in love with the profession of athletic training after taking an Intro to Athletic Training course her first semester. She continued to put in hours in the SRJC Athletic Training Room under the guidance of Byron Craighead, the head athletic trainer.
After completing her associate's degree in 2000, Lorena attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she earned her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training in 2002. During her time at Cal Poly, SLO Lorena worked as a student athletic trainer helping with various sports including football, men's soccer, and wrestling. Upon completion of her degree she served as a graduate intern for one year working specifically with the women's basketball team.
Lorena continued her education by attending California State University, Long Beach where she earned her Masters degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology in 2005. While attending Cal State Long Beach, Lorena worked at CPRx Physical Therapy in Los Alamitos as a Physical Therapy Aide for two years where she gained invaluable experience in rehabilitation.
In addition to her athletic training skills, Lorena also holds her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification and has worked with a strength and conditioning firm that specialized in training high school athletes in proper conditioning techniques to prevent common sport specific injuries.
Her hobbies include virtually all outdoor activities, both in the mountains and on the beach including hiking, running half marathons, triathlon training, snowboarding, and soccer. Lorena hails from Mt. Shasta, California but currently lives in the city of Orange with her faithful blue nose pup, Kailani.