Mrs. Lisa Lydon recently joined the Georgetown Prep Development Office as the Director of Annual Giving. Prior to coming to Georgetown Prep, Lisa worked at the Archdiocese of Washington.
Tell us about yourself. What led you to Georgetown Prep?
Born in New Jersey, I was raised in Lancaster, PA and graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School (no, I'm not Amish). A proud Penn State grad, I have since moved around the country beginning my career in college admissions outside Philadelphia and then moving to Rhode Island upon marrying Christopher Lydon who I met in New York City.
We then moved to Dallas, to Philadelphia, and back to Cumberland, Rhode Island in the span of five years, having three children along the way. Education has always been in the center of our life choices with my husband in college enrollment management and myself in Catholic school administration and ultimately advancement.
Becoming part of Mercymount Country Day School in Cumberland, RI as a parent, volunteer and ultimately the founding Director of Development was a blessing for which I am forever grateful. Friends, colleagues, students and families within the community led by the Sisters of Mercy were my anchor for over 20 years. Service to my children's schools, the town and my professional association were also very important during these years. This resulted in many hours assisting with fundraisers, drama and choral productions, and philanthropic development throughout the state.
My three children have been a joy. Patrick, who graduated from Drew University, is a middle school science teacher at The Hillside School in Marlboro, MA. Living on campus at this day/boarding middle school has been a wonderful experience for him going into his fourth academic year. He coaches baseball and basketball, and resides there with his dog, Nomar. Sean attended Quinnipiac University and now works at a small business in Cumberland. He lives in and maintains our home in RI along with his dog, Yogi. Meghan graduated from Tulane University and moved to NYC as an aspiring performer. She currently works as a personal trainer and will begin the arduous audition process again, once the opportunities return for theater productions.
Ultimately, another job change for my husband led us to Washington, D.C. five years ago. My own transition came after four years of back and forth as my children settled their lives after college graduations. A short-term job at the Archdiocese of Washington in the Development Office led me to a realization that I missed the energy and community of a school. Thus, I jumped at the opportunity to accept the Director of Annual Giving position at Prep when offered to me. Although it has been somewhat of a challenge starting in a virtual environment, I am thrilled to be a Hoya and look forward to spending more time on campus in the coming months.
I love to read and bring my Kindle everywhere I go! I also have recently discovered audiobooks which makes my 35-minute drive back and forth to campus very enjoyable. I have also discovered knitting, although I think I like the chatting during knitting class more than the actual creating! My husband and I love travel, musical theatre and movies. Music has always been a passion; I played the piano and French horn growing up. While I enjoy many different genres, my favorite music is listening to my daughter sing!
I consider myself a Crusader Nittany Lion Friar Explorer Mountie Ranger Bobcat Green Wave Cardinal Hoya!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I would love to live on the Hawaiian island of Maui. It is truly paradise! However, it is too far from my family on the East Coast. So, my next choice would be Bethany Beach, DE.
Tell us about your favorite place you visited.
Italy is my favorite place that I have visited. I have been twice and seen Rome and Venice with some side trips to Padua and Verona. In Rome, my favorite place is Vatican City – Saint Peter's Basilica, The Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums are truly spectacular. I hope to return to see other parts of the country, particularly Reggio Calabria where my mother's family is from.
I also loved Ireland and Nice, France. Monaco was the most immaculate place I have ever seen! Cartegena, Columbia was amazing having traveled there for a family wedding. Dancing on the wall around the city at midnight to a mariachi band and then eating empanadas from a food truck was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
What is your greatest achievement?
I am proudest of my service work over my lifetime: individual and community fundraisers, school committees, professional organizations, volunteer service at food pantries and hospitals, board memberships and more. Helping those in need and giving back to my communities is a priority in my life.
And, of course, I am proud of my children and the lives they are building, starting to follow in my model of service. When I see them offering to help others, volunteer for a task or do a good deed, unsolicited, I am filled with pride knowing they have paid attention all these years.