First Lady Lisa Collis
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.
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.