Director of Training/Deputy Project Manager
Fort Rucker, AL
Defying the odds, Lisa became a maintenance test pilot nearly 20 years ago, and she has been setting precedents ever since. After learning to fly in the Army Reserves, Lisa applied to become a contract flight instructor and was impressed by the devotion to the mission shared with her during training. She has been returning the favor throughout her career at Fort Rucker, beginning as a rotorcraft helicopter flight instructor. Since then, she has served as an Assistant Flight Commander, Flight Commander, Deputy Director of Training and, today, as Director of Training.
Lisa attributes much of her success to EG&G's mentorship and employee education programs -- both integral parts of EG&G's culture. She says, "Senior management encourages you to rise to your potential, positioning you for the next level, always presenting new challenges and equipping you with the tools to meet them." She also has derived great benefit from the training she received, including an intensive Business Management Training Program that equipped her with valuable skills for managing student and instructor training. No one understands the importance of that training better than Lisa. She says, "Every student you teach takes a piece of you with them, and it better be the right piece."
Lisa was recognized for her achievements by being named Fort Rucker Woman of the Year in 2004. What makes her career all the more impressive is that it wasn't her only one. In addition to her job at Fort Rucker, Lisa had a second career in the Army Reserves. She served in Operation Desert Storm as an aircraft maintenance officer, certifying helicopters as fit to fly. She retired from the military in 1999. Fortunately for her trainees, Lisa is still fully engaged with her job at Fort Rucker. "It's amazing to help prepare these pilots," she says. "Our mission is to train young people who put their lives on the line every day, and we understand how important this work is."