About Lisa

Military Police Turned Social Worker

Lisa has been working for and with the community since she was a child. She understands people face significant barriers throughout their lives. She believes that everyone has a role in the betterment of the collective community, for her that role is through policy.

Her passion for helping others lead her to the military, where she served four years as Military Police in the United States Air Force as well as with Team Rubicon Emergency and disaster Response.

When the floods hit Colorado in 2013, Lisa responded, helping communities and families recover. Then again when the fires tore through our great state in 2016 and most recently the Marshall Fires in 2021. Her work spans from Colorado to across the globe as she responded to refugee crisis' in Ukraine and Greece. 

Lisa graduated Colorado State University while simultaneously working as a Veterans Transition Counselor, then later an Intensive Case Manager focused on elder care and housing. She currently works for the state of Colorado focused on Medicaid Policy.

She currently sits on the Arvada Resiliency Taskforce and Arvada Chamber Government Affairs Committee working towards solutions for local businesses and residents. 

Lisa also serves on the Jeffco Community Advisory Board and Jefferson Housing Corporation to support housing and older adults in Arvada and throughout Colorado. 

Lisa is a public servant and volunteer. She will use her honest and open leadership style to listen and engage Arvada towards a positive and successful future! 

Lisa's Background

Lisa was raised in a large Irish and Italian Catholic family where everyone knew everything. She was taught to give back when she could, work hard, and never give up!

Life wasn't easy as many family members struggled with addiction, suicide, abuse, and mental health problems, but her family did their best with open and forgiving hearts.

Family is the backbone of what shaped Lisa's passion and drive. She learned the value of committing to what you set your mind to and being understanding and inclusive of all.

Lisa's Family

Lisa's mother,  Ana, was born in Argentina. English was her third language. Both of her grandparents never received formal education but they made ends meet through construction and homemaking. Ana grew up to become an amazing inner-city School Teacher.

Lisa’s father, Douglas, came from a strict Irish-Catholic background. He retired as School Social Worker and now works as a hospital social worker focusing on addiction and mental health illness.  

Her sister, Brittany, is the Director of Food Assistance for the state of Massachusetts promoting food equity through smart policy. She is a strong community advocate and policy nerd like her sister. 

Her brother, Jason, is a Small Business Owner that focuses on special events and his restaurant. He started as a busboy at a local restaurant and worked his way up to the ranks. He is the entrepreneur of the family!

Lisa and Eli

Lisa met Eli several years ago volunteering for a nonprofit. Nine months later, they met at Denver Airport on the way to their volunteer organizations conference. The two became good friends through local community projects, ski trips, and adventuring until they left for graduate school – Lisa to Boston College, Eli to University of Chicago.  

Today, they spend time on their property trying to figure out how to garden with their chickens and foster dogs. When they aren't working, you might find them adventuring in the mountains or engaging in local community projects or boards. They are expecting their first child in August 2023! 

Willie Chancho

Lisa would be remiss if she didn't talk about her favorite 4-legged companion, Willie Chancho! He has been a staple in the family, an avid traveler, and best friend for 13 years. 

He is the fur-ever loyal companion of Lisa and Eli. He was rescued in Wyoming when Lisa was in the military. After being certified as a service dog, Willie joined Lisa when she worked part-time in a nursing home providing companionship to Alzheimer's patients. 

Update: Willie recently passed away but was such a fundamental part of her life that she wanted to keep this section up in honor of Willie.


Flood emergency response and mitigation in Longmont and Lyons in 2013 

Marshall fire response in 2021

Food and PPE Distribution to community members, organizations, and companies for COVID

Fire recovery and mitigation efforts after the High Park Fire 

Sanitizer creation and distribution of over 2,000 bottles in Jefferson County

Mentor for Developmental Disabled Individuals in Larimer County

Deployed internationally in support of the war in Ukraine and refugees in Greece

Mentor for transitioning veterans across the nation

Foster Dogs with Safe Harbor Lab Rescue and Do Over Dogs 

Created a Veterans Program at a top-tier college

Rebuilt homes in Houston after Hurricane Harvey 

Mentor for Colorado State University Social Workers

AirBnB Open Homes Project supporting refugee families

Food shopper for Senior Citizens in Colorado