Lisa was born and grew up in St. Louis. After graduation from college with a degree in history, she worked in New York. Subsequently, she married and moved to Hawaii while her husband finished his Navy duty. They both then attended law school following which they worked in Boston.
With the birth of their first child, Lisa became a stay-at-home mother. At that time, she was also involved with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and a local chapter of the League of Women Voters. The next three years saw the birth of their daughter and another son. Shortly afterward, they moved to St. Louis where Kim joined a law firm and Lisa continued to be a stay-at-home mother and a community volunteer. Over the years she has been on the boards of, among others, MICDS, The Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Public Library and the Arts & Education Council where she served as Board President. In 2008, she was honored as a Woman of Achievement.
In 1982, a month after the birth of their fourth child, their 22-month-old son, Nicholas, died in a drowning accident. Lisa and Kim were then blessed to have two more children. When Lisa’s eldest child started a St. Louis franchise of British Swim School, Lisa learned that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children 1 – 4 and came to understand how much can be done to prevent drowning. As a result of this experience, she and her husband Kimball became re-engaged in the issue of drowning and co-founded the SWIM ON Foundation whose mission is to raise awareness of drowning and the layers of protection to prevent drowning.