Lisa came to NOAA Fisheries in 1995 as a volunteer at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center’s Pascagoula Laboratory on a Gulf of Mexico sea map cruise on the NOAA ship Oregon II. She then moved to Seattle and served as a North Pacific Fisheries Observer in Alaska. After deploying as an observer for 3 years and working other fisheries positions, she was hired on as a full-time Fish Biologist in the Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis (FMA) Division’s debriefing team. She took on the task of observer training for a few years and in 2007 became the debriefing team supervisor.
In 2016, she accepted her current position as the Deputy Director of the FMA Division. In her current position she manages FMA’s field office operations in Dutch Harbor, Kodiak and Anchorage, AK. She is also responsible for FMA’s budget oversight, contracting and procurement needs. She also provides support to the Division Director on issues such as regulatory actions, annual reports, and FMA's annual deployment plan.