Lisa was born in Richmond, Virginia, move to Golden, Colorado at the age of five where her father attended the Colorado School of Mines. She and her family moved to the Flathead Valley, where she attended Flathead High School and Flathead Valley Community College. Her education includes earning a bachelor’s degree in botany, masters in science teaching, and she is a certified State of Montana science – biology, earth science, general science – educator.
In 2007, Lisa earned her Ph.D. in Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana – Missoula while working as the Director of Conservation Education for the Boone and Crockett Club on the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch west of Dupuyer. For over 20 years her work has focused on teaching K-12 science, conservation and wildlife education primarily in the outdoors. She also served as coordinator for several regional and collaborative outreach entities: the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem Education Consortium, the Roundtable of Crown of the Continent, and the Front Range Conservation Education Consortium. Lisa has served and continues to serve as a dedicated volunteer on many boards, working groups and councils such as the Old Trail Museum, Choteau Performing Arts League, MFWP Region 4 Citizen Advisory Council, Montana Envirothon, Montana Environmental Education Association, Private Lands Public Wildlife Council and the Cinnabar Foundation.
Lisa is now living in Great Falls and works as the Vice President of Advancement at the University of Providence. Her philanthropic work is focused on developing partnerships with local supporters, growing the universities’ endowment, and increasing the number of student scholarships awarded each year. Her passions are in the education and conservation arenas. Her preference is to be outdoors enjoying what she loves – hiking, biking, birding, boating, skiing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and gardening. The sparkle in her eyes and her warm smile portrays her sense of place and fortune to be able to share a meaningful life with family, friends, and others in Montana and beyond!!