Director of Research & Policy
Dr. Lori Hensic (San Diego, CA) is originally from Sonoma, California. After completing her undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara, she earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) with an emphasis in Health Policy & Management from UC San Francisco, followed by a General Pharmacy Practice Residency then an HIV/AIDS Specialty Pharmacy Residency. She is also certified in Designing Clinical Research, a Pharmacy Regulatory Specialist (PRS), and a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP). Lori has specialty clinical training in Ambulatory Care, Infectious Diseases, LGBT Healthcare, and provided direct patient care for several years in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Shortly after the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT), Lori relocated to be with her partner, stationed in San Diego. She found the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) after her move when struggling to figure out how to “survive military life,” and since then has been determined to give back to the organization that helped her so wholeheartedly.
Lori currently works as the National Pharmacy Regulatory Affairs Manager with Kaiser Permanente, where she provides oversight of regulatory compliance, directs investigations, manages responses to external regulatory agencies, provides oral and written comments on proposed legislation and regulation in collaboration with Government Relations, and manages implementation of new laws and regulations in partnership with business operations. She has 10 years of teaching experience at medical and pharmacy schools, and is adjunct faculty at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, where she also serves as a research advisor for pharmacy students. Lori is also faculty at PRIME, Inc., an accredited provider of medical & healthcare professional education.
Lori’s wife, Shaina, is an active duty U.S. Marine Corps VMM-22 “Osprey” pilot, and a former Captain of the USA Women’s Eagles (USA Women’s National Rugby Team). They currently live in San Diego, California, with their energetic dog, Toby.
Lori is dedicated to critical educational, research, and policy efforts aimed at strengthening LGBT military families’ representation and engagement in policy changes. She is working to expand AMPA’s research platform and designing a database of vital information and statistics about our LGBT military families to ensure they are well represented within the larger military community. Lori has appeared in media interviews on local and national broadcasts, and has been invited to speak at several conferences on behalf of our LGBT military families. Her educational outreach campaigns and collaborations with other national advocacy organizations help inform LGBT military families, elected officials, and the general public about disparities in our families’ access to services and benefits – as well as how to assist with means to change them. She has received multiple honors and awards for her advocacy for the nation’s LGBT military families, including being selected as the first LGBT military spouse named the Armed Forces Insurance Camp Pendleton Spouse of the Year in 2014. She is an active volunteer in the San Diego LGBT military community, serving for several years as a lead organizer for the San Diego PRIDE Military Contingent, and Advisory Council Member for the San Diego LGBT Center’s Benjamin F. Dillingham & Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor.
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