Born in Germany, Lorena’s father was a member of the United States Air Force and her mother was a full-blooded German. In 1962 her father relocated the family to Titusville, Florida to work on the Apollo program and NASA. During this time in the summer Lorena worked at Space Camp.
In 1979 Lorena married fellow NASA employee Joey Kendrick and had two handsome sons; Travis and Austin. Lorena spent 24 years working for Brevard County Schools with special needs students. She says raising her two boys and teaching children for all those years brought such joy to her life. She recalls holding positions like room mom, team mom, and “Kool-aid mom”. As the Kool-aid mom, Lorena would be the mom in the neighborhood all the children came to for kool-aid.
After losing her beloved husband, Joey, after 35 years she relocated here to Anna Maria Island. Living here and working at The Center she has seen life come full circle.