Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from BYU in cartography and worked for several years in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) field as a programmer and spatial analyst at ESRI. She went on to earn a master's degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She married cartography with public health by making a career out of mapping tobacco point-of-sale data and analyzing how place affects the many variables of tobacco retail. She has been the spatial analysis engine on scientific research teams at UNC-CH and the University of Michigan. Lisa has homeschooled her four children for the last nine years. The things she enjoys most are at-home days with her family, writing, baking, and she really wants to enjoy gardening but mostly she is a plant serial-killer.