Victoria Marie Lowery was born to Elmer and Sandi Deitering in Dayton, Ohio. They moved to Piqua, Ohio before her junior high years where her father built his wife’s dream home on their 55 acre farm. Victoria was their youngest child at the time with one older brother. Within two years, the family adopted her younger brother and sister.
With Elmer being a devout Catholic, the children were raised in parochial schools. Elmer would have chosen life as a priest had it not been for his strong desire to have a family. Victoria was raised with these primary values of faith and family first.
She attended modeling school at age 15 which culminated in large job offers and a proposed agency sponsored trip to auditions in New York. As a minor, parental consent was required. Her parents turned the offers down believing the entertainment industry is a “dirty business.”
So she pursued higher education at a private college in Indianapolis. Marian University was founded by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes. During her freshman year she was nominated to the Sweethearts Court and played tennis on the men’s team. After two years she transferred to complete her degree at Wright State University while playing tennis for the Lady Raiders.
She completed her degree and married in the same year. Despite no similar behavior during 6 years of dating, on the sixth day of their marriage her husband was out all night. They gave birth to three incredible daughters but the relationship was marred with his drinking, money schemes and (secret) infidelity. Lowery was raised to believe divorce was not an option.
Victoria worked as a live talk show host filmed at the Shelby County fairgrounds. She became Mrs. Ohio 2001, an organization that promotes “today’s married women, their accomplishments, and commitment to family and marriage.” But her own marital pressures soon mounted to the point of causing grave health problems and she had to face the gut-wrenching divorce decision. Ironically it was mentoring from a local priest who showed her the only answer was divorce.
As a single mom, Victoria worked as the CEO at the Chamber of Commerce in Tipp City, Ohio. A few years later, in 2006, she and her three daughters moved to Tiffin, Ohio to accept the position of CEO of the Chamber of Commerce there. Two years later she became CEO of the state professional association, the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio (CCEO).
During a divorce-recovery session, the psychologist proclaimed these words, “He sounds like a sociopath.” These words rang with truth and provoked years of study on the subject. But fear of judgement and concern for her daughters kept Lowery quiet about her true story while working for the Chambers of Commerce.
In 2010, Lowery left the business world to dedicate herself fully to her deepest passion; human relationships. This decision was fueled by an inner-fire to empower others with the knowledge to have the most fulfilling relationships and eliminate divorce. This was also the year that something called the Yes Test and an Agreement List both presented themselves as the keys to lasting love. She began using these tools as a life coach and speaker. Lowery is now the author of books that promote success in love and life. In 2013 she married a high school physics and anatomy teacher, Dan Robert Hopkins. They enjoy a loving marriage and family.