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Lisa is the Administrator for the Neuromuscular Disease Division of the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Lisa and her husband, Brian, live in Penfield, and have 8 nieces and nephews, and 4 godchildren.

How did you first hear about our organization?

My long-time friend and colleague Lori Barnard-Northrup had mentioned The Advocacy Center’s many services and events to me. I attended a fundraiser for The Advocacy Center, where I had the chance to speak with staff and leadership and learn more about all that the organization offered. I ended up referring friends and family to The Advocacy Center so they could take advantage of the various workshops and services. It was a relief to be able to inform them of the agency since many of them felt at a loss for resources for their children, family members, and friends.

Why did you decide to get involved as a board member?

Having been a life-long advocate for my uncle, who happens to have a disability, I have learned the rewards and challenges of advocacy for individuals with a disability. My family has been the best example for me when it comes to being a staunch, effective advocate. And I had a strong desire to let others know about the amazing work being done and what a difference the organization makes. I also was drawn to the agency’s commitment to promoting inclusivity in any and all communities.Lisa Stephenson

What has your role as a board member involved?

As board members we are charged with thoughtful consideration of the budget, strategic planning, and policy review. We also promote the many programs and initiatives of Starbridge and take an active role in fundraising and development events that are so vital to ensuring Starbridge’s continued success.

What have you gained or learned from the experience?

I have learned how many wonderful people there are who are working tirelessly for people with disabilities. Their determination and unwavering support make a tremendous impact.

I have also learned the power of collaborations. Between my fellow board members, the staff, and those we serve, I have met so many people who are willing to share their experiences and have become true resources to me. These relationships have afforded me the opportunity to share with others, particularly those who may feel they have nowhere to turn. The best part is to be able to explain to someone else about the hope and the how that Starbridge offers.



This article originally appeared in Champions, Issue 2, in Spring of 2017.