Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Lori, otherwise known as LoriLee “your what’s going on girl” on WGOLV , started What’s going on in the Lehigh Valley as a hobby and something friends could turn to for information on the Lehigh Valley. She found that there were some things not always covered by the local media sites that she wanted to inform others about. Her hobby turned into something beyond her dreams. For the last few years she became very passionate about her dream of helping the Lehigh Valley community. There is nothing that she loves more in life than helping others.
She attended Indiana University of PA and has a degree in Elementary Education. She also taught Native Americans (Hopi and Navajo) in Arizona, lived in the village of Walpi (oldest village in the continent) and has a love for all people. If there is something she can do to help someone, she will always be there to lend a hand.
Her focus has been to bring the Lehigh Valley community together in a unique way by involving the community. She honors our first responders, military, vets and has a great deal of respect for them. LoriLee also owned a large International organic baby boutique prior to starting WGOLV and spent a number of years working at home while homeschooling her four children while they were very young. She also manufactured a very unique organic baby line that was quite popular in Hollywood. She frequently helped actresses set up their organic nursery. Her organic moses basket line was sold all over the world and she was frequently featured in books and magazines.
In addition to informing the Lehigh Valley on news, events, traffic, weather, missing persons, missing animals etc she helps promote our local musicians. As a musician herself, she believes that it is important that they be recognized for their musical talent. She also helps promote charities, benefits and sets up and hosts her own events. LoriLee enjoys the outdoors, hiking, the beach, animals, photography, research, writing, attending local events and of course spending time with her four children and pets.
Kamau also plays drums in the 11-piece funk band, Flirtin With the Mob who plays throughout the Lehigh Valley. Kamau says he builds websites because, “it integrates both my left brain need to focus on details and my right brain yearning to express my creativity. It’s the best of both worlds!”
Kamau spends countless hours making sure the WGOLV website functions right and looks good.
Rachel is an Allentown native who is the proud mother of a 10 old daughter. She has always been into taking pictures of everything. But her primary passion is taking shots of the beautiful skies. Her love of photographing the sky specifically began with visits with her family to the Jersey Shore, Seaside Heights in particular. The colors and patterns that presented themselves to her was like a primal urge fromthe universe compelling her to capture this beauty. From there her love of photography has expanded to different locations where she is determine to get the best picture possible to share with others.
In her words, “I literally stop what I am doing to take a picture…anytime, anywhere!” Rachel’s work at WGOLV is what helps make the experience here more enjoyable for our visitors.
“What you see in my images is the way I see the world around us, the way I would like to remember it, and the way I share with all of you. In a beauty of our I see perfection…”
Vlad Image is a Russian native, US-based freelance photographer, photojournalist and artist.
Vlad took her first darkroom class in Russia when she was attending middle school. After moving to America, she started taking pictures of nature with her first film camera. She recalls that she received some life changing advice from a good family friend, a professor from the FIT of New York, that made her realize that photography was her passion. She started as a second shooter and continued her education at Baum School of Art and Stratford Career Institute. She later moved into the area of Wedding photography, which expanded her vision.
Some years later she decided to work as an action sports photographer. In this position, she worked for various companies at marathons and mud races. Of this experience, she says, “Being able to let people re-live those important moments of their lives in my images beamed my obsession and a new chapter — Lifestyle Photography.”
Regarding her experience as a photographer, Vlad observes that, “…many great photographers influenced me and helped me become who I am behind the camera today – thank you!”
WGOLV Business Manager
Sean Angel is the current business manager of WGOLV. With a background in communications and multi-media, Sean works to keep the publication organized, motivated and successful.
As a Lehigh Valley native, Sean grew up in Nazareth, PA. He spent much time in his youth creating and performing original music around the Valley. Sean is still currently an active musician performing in an acoustic duo called GENERATIONS with his father.
Sean enjoys experiencing all of the talent that the Lehigh Valley has to offer and looks forward to another great year.