By Jackie White
This month’s Life Story features Lori Tillock, CEO of Culinary Communications by trade and a wife, mom and friend by heart. She has been married to her husband Brad for 23 years and has 3 beautiful children Alex 17, Katie 14 and Xiang Bo 13.
Childhood and Purpose
Many times One’s passions in life can be traced back to things you liked to do in childhood. This was the case for Lori Tillock. Lori grew up cooking alongside her mom. They made new recipes together, baked and enjoyed the process of creating delicious dishes. Lori’s mom was not only an accomplished cook and baker she was actually employed in a test kitchen working on recipe development. Lori found that she shared her mom’s passion for cooking, baking and recipe development.
When Lori went off to college at the University of Illinois at Champaign, choosing a major was easy for her. She followed her passion in cooking. She chose to major in food and business and also in dietetics. Since she was so clearly focused, she took on several internships at large food companies such as Betty Crocker and Brachs. She even won a coveted internship with Pillsbury working on their Pillsbury Bake-Off. She found these real-life experiences very helpful because she got to know people were employed in her chosen field. These mentors were a great help as she focused in on her career path.
She began her professional career at UW Hospitals in Madison, Wisconsin, where she was a dietetic intern. She realized that once in that role, she preferred to be back in the kitchens developing recipes. She shifted sails and found herself employed in the Oscar Mayer test kitchens. She stayed with Oscar Mayer and, eventually, Kraft Foods for over 14 years. There, she developed recipes for Oscar Mayer deli meats, bacon and Kraft cheese products. It was a job she absolutely loved! She was doing what she loved and was working with great people. Lori is happy to have chosen following her passion in life. It has made her work life very enjoyable, and she does not regret her years of doing what she has always loved.
Love & Marriage
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.