Lisa was called by the bold and courageous congregation at Billings First Congregation Church in the fall of 2017. A licensed minister, she is a Member-In-Discernment on an alternate path to ordination. Lisa is a 500-hour certified yoga instructor; her ministry includes teaching trauma-informed yoga to incarcerated women with substance abuse disorder, at Passages, a Yellowstone County, women’s detention facility.
She also teaches studio classes at Limber Tree Yoga Studio and community classes at BFCC. A proud entrepreneur, she founded an all-natural, gourmet cookie company in 1990 which she co-owned and operated with her two sisters, and garnered awards such as Montana Small Business Persons of the Year award, and two Addy awards in the state of MT for branding and point-of-purchase display items. She was named SBA Small Business Champion for the state of Montana in 2018.
Some of her accomplishments include an awareness and education initiative, Spare Change for Real Change,created to alleviate poverty and homelessness in the city of Billings, and a city-wide initiative, Community Innovations, an inclusive, cross-sector collaborative created to assist vulnerable populations, especially those with substance abuse disorder, in accessing safe, stable, and culturally appropriate resources and services, with priority on our indigenous community. As a result, the Motivated Addiction Alternative Program (MAAP) was created and implemented in the City of Billings to induce treatment options and jail diversion. She firmly believes we have an incarceration problem in the country, especially as it relates to people of color and to the poor. She is a long-time advocate of Native American empowerment and of the LGBTQI+ community.
She is blessed with an incredible son, William, brilliant daughter-in-law, Amanda, precious granddaughter Hattie, powerful daughter, Bronte, and a playful, beautiful husband, Mike.