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First Lady Of Virginia Lisa Collis To Speak At University Of Virginia

January 23, 2004 -- From volunteering with Madison House as a student to serving as the honorary chairwoman of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, Lisa Collis, a U.Va. alumna and the first lady of Virginia, has displayed a strong commitment in her public life to women’s and children’s issues. She will be the first speaker in the University of Virginia Women’s Center yearlong series on women and public policy. Collis’ talk, free and open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m., Feb. 4, in the Rotunda Dome Room. A question-and-answer session and a reception, in the Lower West Oval Room, will follow.

Collis, mother of three daughters and wife of Va. Governor Mark Warner, received the 2003 Commissioner’s Award from the national Administration on Children and Families in recognition of her leadership, dedication and accomplishments in the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Virginia. She and Warner founded the Collis-Warner Foundation, where she leads the foundation’s efforts on child and family issues, including child abuse and health care.

Collis has contributed more than a decade of service to the prevention of child abuse in various capacities, including as a volunteer Court-Appointed Special Advocate for Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia. She also has served as a member of the Stop Child Abuse Now Board of Directors and the board’s Executive Committee. As a CASA volunteer, Collis worked directly with children who had been abused or neglected. She represented the interests of the children before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Alexandria.

After getting her bachelor’s degree from U.Va. in 1977, Collis earned a master’s in public health from the University of Texas. She worked as a public health consultant at the World Bank from 1985-’89, where she focused on food and nutrition issues and on AIDS assistance for Africa. She also worked as a migrant program assistant and outreach worker on the East Coast Migrant Health Project.

Through its spring 2004 lecture series, Virginia 2020: Innovations in Public Service, the Women’s Center will present female activists involved in the public sector. Featuring a variety of speakers, many of whom have graduated from the University, the series explores the ways in which women are the movers and shakers in the world of public policy — from legislators and judges to economic advisers and public officials.

Contacts: Sarah Whitney, (434) 982-2903 or Anne Bromley, (434) 924-6861

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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