Helle’s background includes graduating from Drury University in 1991 with a B.A. degree, double majoring in Accounting and Business Administration. She later attended Lindenwood University where she earned her MBA in 2009.
In 1991, Helle started working as an accountant for a private company right out of college. Two years later, she took some time off to have her first child. She later began her first municipal government job as the finance officer for the City of Glendale, Mo., in 1994. Since then, Helle has held similar positions over the past 18 years, including some time working for the City of Chesterfield and City of Branson.
Before accepting the position at Hazelwood, she spent three years serving as the finance and personnel director for Branson, Mo. Helle says Branson has a lot going for itself. “Even though the population of Branson is only 10,520, it operates like a much larger community with 8 million tourists coming to Branson per year,” said Hazelwood finance director Lori Helle. “The city offers three prize-winning lakes for fishing, 100+ ‘live’ music shows, world-class shopping venues, and a convention center managed by Hilton.”
When asked if she met any of the celebrities who owned music theaters down there, Helle said, “I did get to meet The Lennon Sisters and Andy Williams just to name a few. But they were so friendly and down to earth, it didn’t seem like I was meeting celebrities.”
She moved back to the St. Louis area with her family in December 2011. She applied and was offered the position with Hazelwood. She lives in Fenton with her husband, Chuck, who is currently a fire captain for the City of Glendale. They have been together for 15 years, married 13 years, and have four children from previous marriages.