Meet Lisa

Hometown: Originally, Sudbury, Massachusetts. But I spent some time living in England and Denmark as a child, and lived/studied in Japan when I was in high school and college. I’ve lived in Seattle for the last couple of decades, though, so I guess this is now my “hometown.”

Education: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School; Oberlin College (BA, East Asian Studies and Sociology); University of Pittsburgh (MEd, Counseling)

Favorite Seattle restaurant: T & T Seafood Restaurant. Actually, it’s in Edmonds. But it’s the best Chinese restaurant in the area!

A trip I’d like to take: I’d love to visit Vietnam someday. At one point in my career I worked with Vietnamese people being resettled in the U.S. as refugees. At that time, Vietnam was still a very troubled place, and the Vietnamese people coming here had been through tremendous hardships and had suffered so much. They believed they would never see their homeland again. It’s amazing to me that people now travel in and out of Vietnam freely and the country has made a remarkable recovery.

Favorite book I read in college: Silence by Shusaku Endo. This is a book that has stayed with me for all these years, about the persecution of Christians in Japan during the 16th century. It is a powerful story of faith.

Family: My husband and our two sons. Oh, and our cats, Genki and Tomo.

Favorite Thing About SPU: Aside from the beautiful campus, I love how friendly and welcoming people are.