There’s this great T-shirt in the D-Shack that reads “Old Pirates Never Die.” Well, I am proud to be one of those old pirates! I graduated from Drake in 1981 and was a very involved student (cheerleader, homecoming princess, ASB Vice-President, contributing writer for the Jolly Roger, member of the girls’ basketball team and softball team, statistician for the boys’ varsity basketball team, etc.). I have planned every Class of ’81 reunion and stay in close contact with my fellow Drake alumni. My dearest and best friends today are people I met while being a student at Drake. This school holds a special place in my heart on so many levels.
I am also the proud mother of a funny, athletic, and smart 27 year-old son named Andrew Skaggs. He graduated from Drake in 2010 and from the University of Arizona in 2014. Attending his sporting events and knowing his teachers was a big part of my life for a while and I am glad to have had a parent perspective of the Drake experience as well.
Another important piece of personal information you need to know about me is that I have an identical twin sister, who also lives in Marin County with her kids - one is a current Drake student. Many of you have seen my sister and said hi to her thinking she was me. Hopefully she gave you a smile and informed you that her name was Beth and not Lisa. Being called each other’s name has happened more times than either of us can count and it was certainly on my mind as I wrote this article for the Jolly Roger back in 1980. I apologize that the quality of the reproduction isn't any better!
I graduated with a BA in Speech/Communication from San Francisco State University, but this was after a path that included time at both College of Marin and UCLA. Ultimately it was a great experience for me to study at three different California public institutions as each contributed to my growth and college journey in different ways.
Likewise, my career path did not follow a straight road. I worked a few miscellaneous jobs and even attended law school for a short time as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Sound familiar? I eventually landed a temporary position at The Branson School and ended up spending 16 years there, primarily in College Counseling and Admissions.
Finally, after a myriad of colleges, temp positions and long term career growth, I was fortunate enough to be hired by Drake in the position of College & Career Specialist in 2011 and I haven’t looked back since!
I am thrilled to be here and look forward to working with you.
LisaP.S. Just for fun, here are a couple of pictures from my senior year at Drake. The first one is of me in my homecoming dress talking to a few friends during the game (I'm the one in blue). In those days, there were Homecoming Princesses who were asked to pick a senior boy to be their escort and we dressed in long gowns! The second photo was taken outside my house where I'm dressed in my cheerleading outfit.