As the first in her family to earn a college degree, Lisa knows the value of education and appreciates the opportunity to help others achieve their academic goals through her work. Throughout her 20+ years in education the most rewarding experiences have been those that helped others be successful and she feels that with the AANAPISI grant her work is doing just that.
Lisa earned her BA in Sociology at California State University, San Bernardino. It was there that her interest and experiences in research began; heading up a door to door community survey for a neighboring city was one of her earliest adventures in research. This was followed by a paid position with the National Forest Service, collecting surveys from those enjoying our natural resources throughout Southern California. While earning her Master’s in Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she worked as a research assistant on several projects, including interviewing men convicted of domestic violence about their experiences and rehabilitation. At the University of North Texas where she was working on a PhD, she taught undergraduate Sociology courses as well as assisted in more research projects. It was during this time that she landed her first position as an institutional researcher, with Richland College in Dallas, Texas. Since that time she has been both researcher and educator of children and adults.