Since 2007, Lisa has volunteered in prisons and jails in Boston, New Jersey, New York, and the Washington DC area. Currently, she teaches job search skills, parenting, nonviolent communication skills, self-development, and other life skills courses inside several NY prisons including Five Points, a maximum security facility, and Cayuga, a medium security facility, both men’s prisons. Lisa also works with youth with life sentences inside MacCormick Secure Center, volunteers with Alternatives to Violence (AVP) inside Elmira and Cayuga prisons, and recently coordinated a community New Jim Crow Study Group at Tikkun v’Or.
Lisa recently approached Civic Ensemble with an idea to combine her three passions: theatre, prison reentry and employment, and the result was the successful Reentry Theatre Program presented at the Hangar Theatre in April 2015.
Lisa holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from Boston University and, in 2014, earned a second Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. She serves n the Board of Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources (OAR) and is actively engaged in improving reentry services in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Lisa is always looking to partner with community members and organizations on prison and related issues.