Lisa has been on the forefront of mental health advocacy for much of her adult life. For instance, she helped galvanize support of the Oregon Mental Health Parity legislation that passed in 2006. Her passion for this work comes directly from her lived experience as a mother. Lisa researched dozens of community-based mental health options before embracing Windhorse as an optimal approach for healing and recovery for her son.
Lisa has been intricately involved in the Windhorse community for over a decade in multiple capacities. She served as a Windhorse board member before leading the start-up of the San Luis Obispo site in late 2010. A longtime resident of Portland and acutely aware of how underserved the Pacific Northwest is in terms of mental healthcare, she felt called to return to Oregon to create the Portland, OR Windhorse site in summer of 2015. She has a deep love for creating therapeutic community, and has a special place in her heart for the clients and parents. She absolutely loves supporting clients and families during the admissions process.
Prior to Windhorse, Lisa’s education and career focused on business and human resource management at Intel, Sequent, and IBM. As a long-term cancer survivor, Lisa embraces holistic healing modalities, and after her career in high tech, she practiced massage therapy for 7 years with a specialty in trauma therapy.
In her free time, Lisa nurtures her spirit with nature, hiking, meditation, music, connecting with family and friends, and spoiling her regal Maine Coon cat. She believes in the power of humor to bridge connection and shorten the distance between two people. An unapologetic optimist, she feels grateful and honored to do this work. One day when she’s not completely consumed with Windhorse start-ups, she has a dream to travel.