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Lori Esquibel

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Lori Esquibel, Eastside Community Center Pass Sales Leader

“I’m a people person,” said Lori, who has been a Metro Parks employee for about four years. Previously, she was based at STAR Center and chose to apply for the Eastside job because of her close personal relationship with people in the community. “I went with my heart because I know the Eastside, even though I didn’t grow up there.”

Lori, 50, grew up in Seattle, where she graduated from Garfield High School. In 2004, she moved to Eastside Tacoma.

“I watched Salishan grow into a beautiful, diverse community,” she said. She still cherishes relationships developed during that time.

She believes the Eastside Community Center will appeal to senior citizens, military service members and families and that it will stimulate neighborhood business development and job growth.

Perhaps most importantly, the center will be a magnet for kids. “It’s a safe haven for children, in both elementary and middle school,” Lori said. “They’ll have a place to go, to do homework or take part in center programs.”

Lori’s grandson Evisu attended Lister Elementary School from kindergarten through second grade before transferring to Midland Elementary School. This fall, he’ll attend Morris E. Ford Middle School in Franklin Pierce School District.

Lori said he’s excited about being a pass holder at Eastside Community Center.