Over 40 Years of Experience
Our EduPlanners team participates in regular professional development at conferences and seminars. We visit schools, colleges, and therapeutic facilities each year to stay up-to-date on curriculum, campus services, admission practices, therapists and experiential programs.
Brenda Loringer is the Owner of EduPlanners and lead educational consultant. Since 1988, she has worked in the field of mental and behavioral healthcare, working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with myriad emotional and behavioral health issues. Her own experience as an “out of the box” learner and struggles as a teen give her an insightful perspective when working with young people and their families.
Brenda’s career began in the San Francisco Bay Area working for a small behavioral health and substance abuse facility that would eventually, by acquisitions, grow into the largest provider of substance and mental health provider in the country. Believing in the need for smaller, independent programming, Brenda sought to provide options for families in Clinical Outreach roles for some of the top providers in the field. Along the way, she became a Certified Addiction Specialist and trained alongside some of the leaders in Family Intervention. In 2004, Brenda joined the largest consulting firm in the Bay Area and found her passion in assisting families develop long term plans for their students individual needs.
Brenda was recruited to EduPlanners in 2012 and after falling in love with all that Nashville has to offer, moved permanently and took ownership in early 2015. She is consistently traveling throughout the country to visit and evaluate boarding schools, day schools and therapeutic program options that exist for all types of students, from young children to young adults.
Brenda’s two children are thriving young adults living independently, so there is room for the two dogs that she and her husband spend most of their free time with.
Lori Scholten, Ed.D., MSW
Dr. Lori Scholten is a licensed advanced practice social worker with a background in mental health and child welfare policy. She comes to EduPlanners after working 18 years at Belmont University where she taught a wide range of courses in the department of social work. While at Belmont, she managed a full teaching load, advised students, and served as department chair for the last 8 years of her tenure. Since leaving academia in 2013 she has devoted her time to advocating for children as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and regularly volunteering on one of the Foster Care Review Boards in the Davidson County Juvenile Court in Nashville, TN.
After earning a master’s degree in social work at the University of Tennessee, Lori went to work in mental health, and gained experience in both in- and out- patient treatment settings prior to earning a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and then teaching full time. Over the years, she has enjoyed working with a diverse population of clients, students, and programs. As a former foster youth, she has developed a genuine interest in promoting healthy kids and families by working with their unique strengths and circumstances to help find pathways to success, especially in the wake of adversity.
She and her husband are small business owners, having established their Nashville recording/production studio in 1985. They have four grown children and four grandchildren.