Lisa received her B.A. degree in graphic design and illustration from The University of Akron, and an M.A. in Public Relations from Kent State School of Journalism, with a focus on fashion business. Her professional background began in publishing, first working in the Internal Communications Department of Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. Publishing lead to over a decade of employment at American Greetings in Cleveland, Ohio. Roles included; designer, senior planner, art director, freelancer, and talent recruiter. Her experience included all aspects of design management combined with business strategies and brand licensing.
Her professional background also includes two separate entrepreneurial endeavors; Belle Maison Studio, an interior design and custom mural business; and Artemis Talent, a boutique recruiting firm specializing in senior to executive level design management positions.
She has taught at Kent since 2009, originating in the School of Visual Communication Design. Classes ranged from Intro to Design I & II and Business of Graphic Design. She joined the Fashion School in 2011 and has instructed Merchandising Presentations, Professional Seminar, Product Development, Fashion Visuals, Fashion Show Productions, Fashion Branding, and Fashion Publishing. Lisa teaches Fashion Publishing for the School of Media and Journalism. The Fashion Publishing class looks beyond the runway by exploring the history of fashion writing, and how it is evolving. Today the audience is much more diverse, informed, and global. The learning outcome is to provide value to the reader while communicating through all media outlets.
In 2015 she collaborated with faculty members across the nation, each writing a chapter for the book; Flamingos: Behavior, Biology, and Relationship with Humans. Her chapter was titled; Flamingos and Other Tropical Themes in Clothing and Accessories.