The love of people, the love of learning, and the love of change is what brought Lauren Landes to be a part of the the Kikulu team. Before landing in Dallas, Lauren attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to study pre-Med and where she joined the Chi Omega Pi Chapter. Being involved with the university allowed her to work with various non-profits and local community groups and stirred her passion for helping those in need. She later transferred to Ouachita Baptist University and was given the opportunity to travel to Zambia, Cambodia and Malaysia assisting with building projects, community development and international relations. But, her greatest love was being able to interact and engage with the orphans, children and young adults she worked with along the way. After spending time overseas, she knew international work would always be a significant part of her life.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Working as an EMT, she gained yet another perspective on the human condition and developed an even greater passion for engaging with people. In 2010, Lauren moved to Dallas to work with her family’s business and continues to work there full time.
Throughout all her travels and experiences, Lauren found the best way to document, express and communicate the world around her was through photography. What started out as a simple creative outlet, it has now grown into a meaningful side profession. Lauren has photographed professional athletes, a number of main stream musicians and various events around Dallas but more importantly she has been able to capture the faces of Kikulu – here in the states and in Uganda. For her, nothing could be more fulfilling than to visually represent the work that Kikulu does but also the hearts behind it. Aside from her day job and love of photography, Lauren is a music enthusiast, a huge fan of road trips, can spin a basketball on her fingers and will use any excuse to be outdoors.