Lisa travels the country speaking about school safety, crisis recovery, and mental health. She speaks at schools, workplaces, and conferences. She shares a first-hand testimony of the Virginia Tech Shooting: what happened when she first heard gun shots, how her class built a barricade to prevent the shooter from entering their classroom, and their police escort out of the building.
Lisa struggled with an eating disorder after the shooting, and thus knows the deep wounds that trauma can cause. Thus, she is passionate about mental health and helping others understand the psychological impact of trauma. She shares her perspective on post-traumatic stress, counseling, recovery, and self-care to students, teachers, law enforcement, psychologists, and community leaders.
Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Campus Safety Magazine, and the Domestic Preparedness Journal. She works with non-profit organizations, including the Koshka Foundation, Safe and Sound Schools, Active Minds, and the National Center for Citizen Safety. Her work is focused on improving all aspects of active shooter preparedness - prevention, response, and recovery - in schools and the workplace.
Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree in Operations Research from George Mason University, and a Master’s degree in Economics from John Hopkins University.