Lisa Hillhouse brings 28 years of educational experience, ranging from elementary and college educator to senior college admissions officer and admissions division director. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in Politics (Assumption College), a Master's degree in Human Relations with a Counseling emphasis (University of Oklahoma) and a College and Career Planning graduate certificate with distinction (University of California, Berkeley).
Her previous work includes both undergraduate and graduate admissions at three Bay Area Colleges: University of California Berkeley, St Mary's College of California, and Holy Names University. Lisa spent 20 years mentoring and recruiting officer candidates for the United States Air Force Academy and Air Force ROTC. Her experience includes first generation, traditional age students, enlisted military members, transfer students and working adults seeking their degrees. Lisa's clients have a wide range of goals and talents.
For students interested in the military, Lisa's extensive experience includes assignments as an AFROTC Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Commandant of Cadets and Unit Admissions Officer. Lisa later served as an Air Force Academy Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO) and Deputy Director for academy admissions in the San Francisco Bay Area. In February 2016 she retired from the Air Force Reserves after 26 years plus years of active duty and reserve service as an officer. Lisa has spoken at numerous congressional academy outreach events and have served or chaired 20 congressional nomination boards. Nationally-known as an expert in officer commissioning programs, she presents on this topic with other military officers/academies throughout the country several times a year to educators and influencers.
Lisa is active in four college admissions profession groups: HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association), SACAC (Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling), WACAC (Western) and PNACAC (Pacific Northwest) . Each year she participates in numerous local and regional admissions conferences. Lisa is a guest speaker at UC Berkeley's College and Career Planning Program each semester and presents at local and regional high school and independent counselor conferences on leadership development and preparing candidates for service academies and ROTC programs. Some of her volunteer work includes numerous high school career days presenting on military careers.