After graduating from college with an English degree, Lisa ran a bicycle shop for five years and then returned to school for an engineering degree and a doctorate. In the 1990s, she built a two-seat aircraft in her garage and flew it solo from south Florida to Maine and back.
Lisa has worked for three U.S. corporations at the executive level, most notably as chief training officer for Tyco Fire and Security Services, a $10 billion publicly-held firm in Boca Raton, Florida, in the early 2000s.
Lisa has been a monthly columnist for Sport Aviation and KITPLANES magazines for the last five years. She has also been the weekly home-improvement columnist for the Clay County Progress, a local community newspaper, since 2011.
Since retiring as an engineer in 2017, Lisa has migrated to what she loves: writing, editing, and publishing. She attended the Copyediting Certification Program from Writer’s Digest University and obtained her copyediting certificate on April 2, 2021. Lisa’s five books can be viewed here:
Lisa’s other job is running her husband’s aircraft restoration business in Andrews, North Carolina. https://restoreyourairplane.com. Come get the tour! We restore aircraft from the 1930s and 1940s, returning them to pristine flying condition for their owners.
Lisa’s goal is to continue to write for aviation and home improvement magazines and help others write and publish their books by delivering copy editing, proofreading and manuscript review services. She coaches the local writer’s group on Amazon listing how-to.
In Team Steps Guide to Problem Solving, her first business management book (2015, Turner Creek), Lisa reveals the shortcuts that work to solve problems on the production floor – and in life itself. In her career as a manufacturing engineer, Lisa saved thousands of dollars that were being spent unnecessarily by eliminating waste in the manufacturing process.
Two years later, in House Keys – The Essential Homeowner’s Guide (2017, Turner Creek), Lisa took her principles into the area of home inspection. In her career as a home inspector and general contractor, she discovered and wrote about all the things that builders were missing or doing wrong in home construction. She’s saving homeowners thousands of dollars now by revealing the tips and tricks to get a great home built for a small price, and time and money saving tricks on home maintenance and home organization.
Switching gears, Lisa decided to write her own story, an adventure memoir, in Dream Take Flight (2019, Turner Creek). In this inspiring story, Lisa “breaks the rules” for women in the 1970s, working high-rise construction and starting a bicycle shop. She goes on to build an airplane in her garage and then flies it from Florida to Maine, reconciling with her family in the process.
Are you running full tilt day to day, stuffing in activities and wondering where your life is going?
Ditch distraction and stress with unconventional time management shortcuts and goal setting tricks in Your Simplest Life (2020, Turner Creek). You can learn the secrets that Lisa uses to “get things done” and make sure they are the right things that bring happiness and joy to life every single day.
Lisa's latest book, Home Inspection Answer Guide (June, 2021, Turner Creek), is a non-technical guide for home buyers and sellers to avoid financial and emotional surprises from builder errors and other obscure conditions in a home. Lisa includes engaging stories about her inspection adventures, including getting trapped in a crawlspace with wild animals and finding underground caverns with waterfalls.
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