Lorén joined USO Houston on September 11, 2015. She spent over 7 years serving in the US Army Signal Corps including 5 years with the 101st Airborne Division and 2 years with the Army National Guard. She deployed with 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasans) of the 101st Airborne Division to Iraq in 2008 and completed numerous assignments including 2 company commands. Prior to that, Lorén received a full tuition scholarship from the Army to the University of Kentucky. In 2018, Lorén was named the Texas National Guard Spouse of the Year and was a top 18 finalist for AFI Spouse of the Year. Lorén is happily married to her husband, Mark, who is currently serving in the Texas Army National Guard as an Infantry Officer and raising two boys, Caleb and Cameron in Northwest Houston. After the Army, Lorén spent 2 years as a project manager in the Oil & Energy sector before following her passion of serving those who serve at the USO (United Service Organizations).
Lorén holds a B.A. from the University of Kentucky in Foreign Language and International Economics with an Emphasis in Spanish and received a graduate level certificate from Rice University at the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives. She has already become widely respected in the Houston Military and Veteran communities for her strong desire to foster collaboration and unwavering focus on leading the Houston USO to serve as the Force behind the Forces.
Since 1941, the USO is the nation’s leading organization serving the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side.
Today’s USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their very important mission. We operate USO centers at or near military installations across the United States and throughout the world, including in combat zones, and even un-staffed USO service sites in places too dangerous for anyone but combat troops to occupy.
USO airport centers throughout the country offer around-the clock hospitality for traveling service members and their families. Our trademark USO tours bring America and its celebrities to service members who are assigned far from home, to entertain them and convey the support of the nation. And our many specialized programs offer a continuum support to service members throughout their journey of service, from the first time they don the uniform until they last time they take it off.
In Houston, we operate four distinct centers including Bush & Hobby Airports, the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Center) where recruits enlist from all 5 branches, and at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base. We serve over 250,000 military service members and their families each year and host programs to foster connection at various locations and times of the year. Houston is led by 4 dedicated staff members who manage over 250 volunteers.
The USO is not part of the federal government. A congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities, and is powered by a family of volunteers to accomplish our mission of connection.