Lisa earned her Bachelor degree from American University in 1986, where she also lettered in women’s basketball as a NCAA Division I athlete. Lisa began her career on Capitol Hill as a Congressional staffer. Following a stint in Washington, DC., she returned to Kansas City and worked for a number of nonprofit agencies as Director of Development ,where she raised millions of dollars. In 2002, she joined Pelofsky & Associates and became the CEO in 2010.

As a community volunteer, Lisa has served as a board member of the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and the Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC), Calvary Community Outreach Network, and the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center. She has also served on the host committee for numerous NCAA events, USA Gymnastics and the WNBA. In 2008, Lisa was appointed to the Jackson County Board of Domestic Violence responsible for state appropriated funds for domestic violence agencies.

On April 19, 2010, Lisa was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to serve on the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners. In May of 2012, Lisa became President of the Board of Police Commissioners. In 2015, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders appointed Lisa to the task force on Corrections to address issues at the county Corrections Center.

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