Lisa is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years experience as a Family Therapist, Mediator and Personal Life Coach in both agency work and private practice specializing in couple’s and relationship work. Lisa’s approach combines her community theatre and health education background with multi-media social justice activism. Lisa is currently serving on a core team of social workers crafting the national Behavioral Health Division of the Online Care Group with American Well.
The Sharevision group format was a direct result of Lisa’s school of social work school administration project. She brought together family therapy pioneer Lynn Hoffman with Richard Baldwin, leader of the family services outreach team, to write a manual for new family therapists. In 1988 Lisa received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut with a Certificate in Child and Family Services. Lisa and the team continued to work with Lynn Hoffman as a regular clinical consultant and group supervision meetings improved dramatically. Through efforts to build resilience among team members handling challenging protective cases, Lisa and the team transformed the weekly meetings into what is now called Sharevision.
Lisa graduated in May 2013 as a Doctor of Education in Social Justice. The title of her dissertation is “Sharevision Collaboration between High School Counselors and Athletic Educators to stop LGBTQ Bullying.” Lisa is a recognized national leader directing Martina Navratilova’s collaborative Project to Eliminate Homophobia in Sport for Billy Jean King’s Women’s Sports Foundation. Consulting with Donna Lopiano in her work with Pat Griffin, Lisa produced “It Takes a Team! Making Sports Safe for LGBT Athletes and Coaches,” a 15-minute video and Education Kit. In 2003 Lisa received a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
In an evaluation of the effectiveness of the “It Takes a Team!” video as an educational tool, the research study showed that among undergraduate student-athletes in the national study, watching and discussing it with peers significantly improved their positive attitudes toward lesbian and gay team-mates and coaches. Rosie Stallman at the National Collegiate Athletic Association purchased and distributed a copy of “It Takes a Team! video and Education Kit to all colleges participating in the NCAA. Recognized as a valuable educational resource by Sut Jhally, Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation, the “It Takes a Team!” video and Education Kit was bundled with other complementary videos MEF produced, promoted and distributed to secondary schools nationwide.