Lisa joined CommunityAmerica in 1995 and during her tenure has overseen nearly every function of the Credit Union. In her first five years as CEO, she has advanced the organization to more than $3 billion in assets and launched a series of new business divisions and strategies helping members achieve true financial peace-of-mind in their lives.
Lisa is one of three Kansas Citians to be recognized among the ‘Top 100 Financial Executives’ by the national Business Journal, and has been selected as a ‘Power 100’ honoree by the Kansas City Business Journal every year since becoming CEO. She was recently recognized by Rockhurst University with the Rashford-Lyon Award for Leadership and Ethics and has been featured in both 435 South Magazine and Ingram’s Magazine as a powerful and influential leader in KC.
Lisa is incredibly passionate about and invested in Kansas City where she’s lived her whole life, supporting Kansas City’s civic, business and philanthropic organizations through a variety of leadership positions. Lisa serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Credit Union National Association, and the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce where she is Treasurer. She is also a Board Member for City Year Kansas City, Rockhurst University and St. Michael the Archangel. Lastly, she serves on the Advisory Board of the 15 and the Mahomies Foundation. Prior to her national credit union appointment, she supported the industry regionally on the Heartland Credit Union Association’s Board of Directors.
Lisa also loves giving back to the community through charitable event leadership. This year Lisa is Co-Chairing the Kids Night Out Gala for the Boys & Girls Clubs of KC, and in 2019 she raised more than $2.45 million for Children’s Mercy Hospital as Co-Chair of the Red Hot Night Gala. Prior to this, she raised more than $1 million as the Kansas City Go Red for Women Luncheon Chair. Other event Chair positions include the WIN for KC and Women’s Employment Network luncheons, the Kansas City Area Development Council Annual Meeting and the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon for Metropolitan Community College.
Under Lisa’s leadership, CommunityAmerica was recently named a ‘Best Place to Work’ in the Kansas City Business Journal, as well as the Nonprofit Connect ‘Business Philanthropist of the Year.’
Lisa and her husband Barry live in Lee’s Summit, Mo. A native of Independence, Mo., she continues to be active in the Jackson County community where she was raised. Lisa enjoys spending her free time with her family, including three children, nine brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and her granddaughters Ava and Emmie.