Human Ecology Featured Alumni
Merchandising and Consumer Studies 2008
I work in many different areas. Monday morning I may be working on an Art Installation, and on Thursday I could be in Miami planning a last minute party for a client. My work life consists of helping my clients with interior and exterior design, event planning and everything in between. I am a certified Master Gardener with LSU Ag Center, I am a Louisiana licensed florist and I am a chronic Volunteer. I have served on Strauss Theatre Board of Directors, Twin City Art Foundation board of Trustees, Northeast Louisiana Arts Council as Executive Vice President, and worked with the National Endowment for the Arts, Big Read, "Triumph to Tragedy" national project.
My degree in Merchandising and Consumer Studies has given me a tremendous amount of confidence to continually build my client list and work with ethics and standards to pursue all my endeavors.
Junior League of Monroe, Inc.: Cooking in High Cotton: the Cotton Country Collection (cookbook)©2008—Interior decorator and stylist for cookbook photographs
Eaves: Retirement party for Captain John Eaves, Fort Lauderdale Police Fort Lauderdale, FL—Event designer and planner.
Taco Bandito Restaurant: Building project for Monroe and West Monroe location—Interior design and decoration.
Trio’s Restaurant: Renovation—Project manager and interior designer.
Wiesemann Residence : Furnishing and decoration of condominium in Chicago, IL—Interior decorator.
Holley Residence: Furnishing and decoration of condominium in Philadelphia, PA and second home in Quebec City, Canada —Interior decorator.
Bancroft Residence: Renovations and redecorations for homes in Monroe, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; and Ferriday, LA—Project manager and interior decorator.
Giles Island - Renovations and decoration Interior design and event planner.
Jay Morris for State Representative (2010-2011): Fundraising, meet-and-greets, public appearances, and private parties—Event planner.
Morris Residences : Renovations and decorations for homes in Monroe, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; New Orleans, LA; and Lake Bruin, LA, Pensacola, FL—Interior decorator.
Your Team Realty, LLC (Alivia Roberts): Residential home staging—Interior decorator.
Twin City Art Foundation/Masur Museum of Art, Board of Trustees, 2008—Present
Strauss Theatre, Board of Directors, 2009—Present
Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, Executive Committee, 2009—Present
Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, Board of Directors, 2007—Present
The Big Read/Triumph Over Tragedy: a commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Great Depression in North Louisiana, Management Team Member, 2009-2010
Nominated for Louisiana Partnership for the Arts for 2011-2013 term.
Family and Child Studies – Child Life
I discovered my true passion and professional interest in child life while I was a student at Louisiana Tech University, where I received both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Child Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. During my freshman year of college, my sister was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer. It was during this time that I wanted to give back the love and support that helped my family through the most difficult time of our lives and to honor my sister in a way that would make her proud….always!
While pursing my master’s degree, I completed a child life internship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. My internship comprised of two, six-week rotations where I experienced the Intensive Care Unit and inpatient/outpatient Neuro-Oncology and Solid Tumor teen and young adult population. After completing my child life internship, I was offered a position as the Solid Tumor Child Life Specialist working with patients’ zero-ten years of age and their families in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. As a vital member of the multidisciplinary team, I worked closely with the palliative care team to help communicate patients and family’s end of life fears, hopes, and wishes. I also assisted patients and families with facilitating difficult conversations regarding end of life and provided opportunities for legacy building. I was at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for four years before I made the transition to where I am now, Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Currently, I work on the inpatient team in a variety of areas including; NICU, Rehab floor, Surgical/Trauma unit and Ortho floor. I also help cover evening referrals, which covers the whole hospital.
I am extremely blessed and proud to tell people that I graduated from Louisiana Tech University. I was fortunate that my professors believed in me and fueled the passion that I have always had in my heart. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their guidance and support.
Lisa Phillips MS, RD, LD
Degrees from LATECH:
Master’s in Nutrition July 2010 to Nov. 2013
Dietetic Internship July 2010 to May 2011
B.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion Aug. 2006 to May 2010
B.S. Nutrition & Dietetics Aug. 2006 to May 2010
My plans when I started college were to be some sort of trainer or therapist (hence the B.S. in Kinesiology). It was while working on this degree I had to a take a sports nutrition class that changed my world and I found my true purpose....nutrition. It wasn’t long before I was signed up working towards my nutrition degree and headed down the road to becoming a dietitian. At LATECH, I received a strong foundation in nutrition sciences that has been an invaluable career building block for me. Not only were my teachers amazing at helping me to learn the information I needed to be successful, but also caring and supportive with my goals. After my undergrad, I completed my Dietetic internship at LATECH as well. During the internship I was exposed to numerous specialties in the dietetic field to include: food service management, clinical, renal, diabetes, community, sports, and more. Being exposed to so many things allowed me to see what I personally like and don’t like. It also has given me the confidence and knowledge to pursue my dream career as a Contract Travel Dietitian. As a traveling dietitian I have worked in Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Montana, Nevada, and Hawaii. Specialties I have worked in include: acute care, long-term acute care, long term care, behavioral health, veteran’s services, teaching, and diabetes. In my eyes, I get paid to vacation for a career! Without the knowledge I received from my LATECH education experience and the exposure I received in different specialties during my LATECH internship, I would not have the confidence to pursue this unique career path.