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First Lady Lisa Collis

Lisa Collis, First Lady of VirginiaLisa Collis, First Lady of Virginia, was born in Pensacola, Florida. She grew up in a Navy family and lived in seven states before settling in Falls Church, Virginia. Ms. Collis attended George C. Marshall High School, earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Virginia and received her Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Texas. Her professional career has included health outreach to migrant farmer workers with the East Coast Migrant Health project and policy work with the World Bank, where she focused on food and nutrition issues and on AIDS assistance for Africa.

As First Lady, Ms. Collis has devoted her time to supporting initiatives related to the well-being of Virginia's children, the environment and the arts. She has traveled throughout the state advocating for parenting support programs. (You can find out more about these activities on our Projects pages.)

Continuing with the spirit of public service begun in her private life, Ms.Collis serves on several charitable boards and organizations, and supports efforts to improve children's health and quality early learning. She also continues her work with the Collis-Warner Foundation, established jointly with her husband, Governor Mark R. Warner. They are the parents of three school-aged daughters.

First Lady Lisa Collis reads to students for a 'Scholastic Read 2006' event at the Executive Mansion. December 2, 2005 :  First Lady Lisa Collis read to third grade students at the Executive Mansion in Richmond as part of the global read-a-thon "Scholastic Read for 2006."  Ms. Collis and principals of Longdale Elementary and Carver Elementary schools read to the children for a combined total of 2,006 seconds as part of the 7th annual global reading event.  Last year more than 1 million children, 24,000 teachers in over 34 countries participated in the event.  For more information, go to the Scholastic Web site.

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