Lisa began her career as a Teaching and Research Assistant during Graduate School and found research to be a perfect fit for her strong sense of curiosity. After Grad school, Lisa moved into roles in social services as a Case Manager for families receiving child care payment assistance then as a Child Care Food Program Coordinator. When an opportunity to return to research was presented, she accepted and began working as a Research Associate at Montana State University. In this position, she worked on the SAMHSA-funded LAUNCH grant evaluation, the Montana child care market rate study, the development of an evaluation strategy for the Montana Family First Prevention Services project, and the Montana Kinship Navigator Program evaluation. In addition to her work at MSU, she worked at the Gallatin City County Health Department on COVID-19 related data efforts.
Lisa has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research, and has a strong interest in improving systems by providing leaders with objective information to help facilitate data driven decision making. She is motivated to understand how and whether systems and services are meeting the needs of vulnerable populations.
Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts (2004) from Montana Tech and a Master’s degree in Sociology (2007) from the University of Montana. In her free time she enjoys being outside mountain biking, skiing, and fly fishing.