An educational innovator passionate about shaping the future of learning. Collaborative leader successful at rallying a team, designing and launching new strategies and developing metrics to show growth. A poised public speaker and fundraiser that’s not afraid to get into the trenches. An avid design thinker and researcher that believes building empathy is the key to change management, shifting culture and developing new concepts.
Lisa is the Head of School and Chief Learning Officer at Holy Family Academy, an innovative, college preparatory, and STEM-focused independent Catholic high school for students of all faiths and any means. Prior to joining Holy Family Academy (HFA), Lisa was most recently the Director of Technology & Curricular Innovation, Head of Computer Science and led partnerships and outreach as Director of the Learning Innovation Institute at The Ellis School, a PK-12 independent school also in Pittsburgh. A disruptor, designer and change agent, she brings over 15 years of teaching, outreach, marketing and administrative experience.
Lisa’s background is diverse as she has worked for large corporations, the United States Nuclear Navy and in higher-education where she has taught in a variety of disciplines. She has done field-based research and practicum work in public education in addition to her private school teaching and administrative experience. In addition to her role at HFA, Lisa is an education consultant helping other schools and informal learning organizations re-envision curriculum particularly shifting from passive to active learning leveraging approaches like blended learning, design thinking and maker education. Lisa has been a national speaker and workshop leader at conferences and schools across North America. She believes in connected learning, field-based studies and co-designing learning with students.
Lisa focused her Doctorate studies on curriculum development and technology integration. She has multidisciplinary degrees in both STEM and the Humanities with Masters Degrees in both instructional technology and integrated marketing as well as undergraduate work in english, art history and graphic design. She is an avid grant writer and enjoys developing community outreach programs, training and camps for underprivileged students so that all students may have equal opportunity to build confidence, leadership skills and engage in innovative thinking, making and contributing.
Sharing, growing and enabling describe what drives Lisa. She volunteers for the following programs: TEDxYouth@HotMetal Bridge, FIRST Lego League, Tinker Squads, Pittsburgh Data Jam and Girls Bridging Communities, a HS student run STEM program for middle school girls from across the Pittsburgh community. Furthermore, Lisa is on the Board of Trustees for the Online School for Girls, a consortium member for the Center for STEM Education for Girls, the Executive Committee for the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) independent school educators network and co-founder of EdCampPGH. She is also on the planning committees for the Three Rivers EdTech Conference and the Pittsburgh STEM Summit and has also enjoyed being a judge for Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh. She recently joined the AAAS Science NetLinks Inventing Green Advisory Board.
Lisa was awarded Non-Profit CIO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council in 2013. In 2014, she was an honorable mention for Leader of the Year from Technology & Learning Magazine, Athena Young Professional Award Nominee and an NAIS Teacher of the Future. In 2015, the Huffington Post selected Lisa as the 18th most social K12 technology leader.