Lisa grew up in an area called the “Quad Cities” – the intersection of Moline, Ill., Rock Island, Ill., Davenport, Iowa, and Bettendorf, Iowa. She is the oldest of 7 siblings – 5 sisters and 1 brother – and says they could have their own reality show. (Stay tuned!)
After high school, Lisa went to Robert Morris College in Carthage, Ill., for Business Administration. She lived in Brainerd, Minn., for a decade (and was even a part-time karaoke DJ!) before moving to Grand Forks in 2000.
Turning their hobby into a business, Lisa and her son, Dalton, opened and ran a small boutique in downtown Grand Forks from 2014 to 2017, where they sold home decor and refurbished furniture. Today the two own a small tech shop, called Valley TechPros, where Dalton repairs computers and provides small business IT solutions and Lisa acts as the Director of Operations.
In addition to Dalton, Lisa has 3 more grown children – Jeremy, Lindsey, and Erik – and a grandson named Edwin Eric. She’s also married to Eric, a physician at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
When she isn’t working, Lisa is in “fun mode.” She loves golfing with her husband, boss, and friends. (Though she admits she only has the clubs, clothes, and mediocre talent for the game, ha!) She enjoys time with friends with a cocktail in hand, doing home improvement projects with Dalton, and serving her community. She is a board member for Greater Grand Forks Women’s Leadership Cooperative which creates opportunities for professional development and networking for women.
Lisa’s WHY is focused on playing for the person next to her. She says, “I get the most satisfaction from making others happy”. She achieves this through giving gifts, helping with tasks, making people laugh, and always trying to be a good friend, wife, and mother.
Lisa’s interesting fact is that the Mississippi runs north and south except for one area – the Quad Cities – where it runs east and west. It is believed that while God was creating the river, he was so overcome by the beauty of the land that he turned his head.