Chief Executive Officer
Lisa Leask is a former U.S. Naval Officer with over twenty years of experience in office administration, human resources and executive management. In addition to co-founding Resource Connector, Lisa also co-founded Ishpi Information Technologies, an American Indian and Service Disabled Veteran Owned certified 8(a) Small Disadvantaged business which is a leading force in the defense contracting and cyber intelligence community. Lisa is a founding member of the inaugural Women in Defense, Palmetto Chapter which provides networking opportunities to women in national defense and security, supports military service members and encourages partnerships between the local contractor community and military personnel.
Lisa has previously been named the Volunteer Coach of the Year by the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department, United Athletics. She has been awarded the Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. Lisa has been a member of two PTAs; she has served as the treasurer for the Mount Pleasant Soccer Club and was a Special Olympics Swim and Soccer team coordinator for the Town of Mount Pleasant. Lisa has served on Bishop England’s Options Program / Band of Buddies Club Parent Advisory Board for four years. She was Vice Chairman on the Board of Advisors for Beyond Basic, a non-profit organization teaching life skills and fostering independence to adults with disabilities. Lisa also served on the Board of Advisors for the College of Charleston REACH program (a four-year, fully inclusive certificate program for students with mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities) and was the co-chair for the sole fundraising effort for REACH for five years in a row.
Lisa’s constant presence in the special needs community stems from her own experience as a special needs mom. Lisa’s oldest daughter, Brianna, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3 while the family was living in Pensacola, Florida. While Lisa was daunted by the potential implications of this diagnosis there were no limits on how far she would go to find solutions for her daughter. They even traveled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in search of treatments that would alleviate Brianna’s autistic symptoms. Lisa has spent the last 20 years continuing to fight the good fight and claw her way through both the education system and societal norms to provide the best and most inclusive life experiences for Brianna. Due to the dedication and strength of Lisa, her husband and their 2 younger daughters, Brianna graduated from Bishop England High School as well at the College of Charleston’s REACH Program. As most special needs families know, it takes a village.
During these last twenty years of advocating for Brianna, Lisa realized that there was no central hub of any kind, no portal for information or resources for the parents, families and caregivers of those with special needs. She herself has become a repository of references simply by taking this journey with Brianna and has always freely shared such information within her community. However, in this age of technology, it seems like the obvious next step would be to harvest the information she has gathered all these years and lay the ground work for what would be known as “Resource Connector”.
Lisa is a native Charlestonian and lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband. They have three amazing daughters, two dogs and one grand-dog. When Lisa is not formulating an idea for a new corporate venture, attending a national dance competition with her youngest daughter or finding a deserving charity to support, she enjoys time with her family, quiet beach mornings on the Isle of Palms and gardening.