Lisa started at Venture in 1987 as an office clerk and worked part-time while pursing her Bachelor’s degree in Math at Dominican College. She continued working seasonally after transferring to Oswego State, switching her major from Math to Psychology when she realized she liked working with people rather than numbers. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Math in 1991. She became full-time with Venture in June of 1992, working under the Executive Secretary for the agency’s founder, Kathleen Lukens. Lisa obtained her Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1993. She became Director of Personnel in 1995.
As the agency expanded, with the number of employees doubling, the Personnel Department became the Human Resources Department, doubling its staff, and Lisa’s title evolved into Director of Human Resources. In January of 2017, Lisa achieved professional certification through the Society for Human Resource Management by meeting the experience, education and demonstrated HR Competency and Knowledge requirements as established by SHRM.