Lisa attended the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), earning her BA in speech communication and MA in communication Studies. A native of Omaha, after completing her Master's degree, she taught public speaking at UNO for several years and also served as the advisor to undergraduate students majoring in communication. She moved to New Mexico in 2010 with her family and continues to teach public speaking, interpersonal communication, and introduction to communication courses at Central New Mexico Community College. She also teaches business communication courses online. Her research background is in instructional communication, specifically on coping strategies for dealing with communication apprehension (CA). Lisa plans to use the information she gained about coping with CA as she expands her research into the health communication field. Specifically, she is interested in researching communication strategies related to advocacy and awareness for stigmatized conditions such as mental illness and epilepsy. When she is not teaching or studying, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs.