About Lori

Lori Vargo Heffner has spent 35 years working as a psychotherapist in schools, hospitals and agencies , and is currently employed by St. Luke’s University Health Network. Her experience with people of diverse backgrounds, many of whom came to her at their lowest points, gave her the impetus to be involved with county, state, and national groups during her career. She ran for County Council in order to utilize her background and experience to work for the people of Northampton County.

Lori currently serves as the President of Northampton County Council. In the four years she has served on County Council, Lori has served in a variety of leadership positions including two years as Vice President of County Council and chair of Human Services, Finance, and Governance.

Lori knows that, now more than ever, government needs to work for the people. That's why she worked to create the Responsible Contracting Ordinances so Northampton workers earn a living wage and worked to ensure a lower budget and no new taxes for Northampton residents - all while saving taxpayers money. Throughout the pandemic, Lori was a voice for our essential workers and got Northampton's small businesses millions in relief grants. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Moravian College, master’s degree in counseling from Kutztown University and master’s degree in adult and organizational development from Temple University. She serves on the Discover Lehigh Valley Board and is a member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church and serves as a lector and on the Liturgy Board.

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"Working for Northampton County's Working Families"

More about Lori

  • Chair of Health and Human Services Committee - 3 years

  • Chair of Finance Committee - 1 year

  • Member of Personnel & Courts and Corrections Committee - 3 years

  • Perfect attendance at Council

  • Member of Mental Health Early Intervention and Developmental Disabilities Board - 4 years

  • Member of Jail Advisory Board - 1 year

  • Gracedale Advisory Board - 4 years

  • General Purpose Authority Member – 4 years

  • Member of Discover Lehigh Valley Board

  • Served on CIPP grant review - 2 years

  • Member of CCAP Courts and Corrections and Behavioral Health Task Forces, member Democratic Caucus & Voting Member for the Northampton County

  • Graduate of CCAP Center for Excellence 2020

  • President of Northampton County Council of Democratic Women

  • Corresponding Secretary of PA Federation of Democratic Women

  • ROAR Member

  • Awarded Outstanding Elected Democratic Woman by PA Federation of Democratic Women

  • Committee Person and Former Parliamentarian for Northampton Democratic Committee

  • Member of Assumption BVM Parish - Serves on Liturgy Board and as a Lector 

  • Former President and Treasurer of Saucon Valley Performing Arts Association

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in NJ

  • Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor in NJ

  • Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor in PA