Growing up in the Southern California Mission town of San Juan Capistrano created an early connection to California history for Lisa. Her coursework at U.C. Santa Barbara yielded a degree in Medieval Studies. After several years of career starts and stops, along with time out for the early years of raising three children, Lisa found her niche as an Interpreter for California State Parks. Her last 16 years have been spent in the passionate study of early California history and adobe architecture at Monterey State Historic Park, where she served as a facilitator for numerous park programs, including school and public tours, as well as Living History and special events which ran the gamut from Plein Aire workshops to lavish Christmas fandangos. Her enjoyment in sharing “Spirit of Place” with visitors is reaching a new audience at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds.