Lisa has worked in the local government sector for over 21 years as an employee, a consultant and an instructor. She has been at Capilano University as an instructor since 2003 and a presenter since 2000. Lisa has a Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Romance Languages from the University of British Columbia. Lisa was admitted to the Law Society of British Columbia in 1993. She graduated from Capilano’s Local Government Professional Certificate program in 1998 and was awarded the Intermediate Certificate for Local Government Administration in 2005.
Prior to joining Capilano University, Lisa was the Director of Legislative Services and Human Resources (formerly titled as City Clerk) for the City of Langley. Previously, Lisa was the Administrative Manager in the Community Development Department in the City of North Vancouver, a consultant with Urban Systems Ltd, and a Senior Bylaw Enforcement Officer with the City of Surrey.
Lisa has been actively involved in the education of local government officials throughout her career. She was involved with the revision of the Local Government Administration and Services courses in 2000. Lisa was a member of the MATI – Managing People Committee and the MATI – Communications Committee. She developed the Fundamentals of Corporate Administration course (PADM 209) which was first offered in 2008, and has authored three of the textbooks used in the Capilano program : 'Local Government Services', 'The Fundamentals of Corporate Administration' and 'Municipal Law' (co-written with Michael Vaughan).
Lisa has been a presenter on a variety of topics for various local government organizations around the province, and is also accredited as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) with the National Association of Parliamentarians.