United States of America
Lisa Harvey is the Executive Director of the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation and a former Board Member who served from January 2007 until August 2010.
Lisa was born in Tokyo, Japan where she spent her childhood and attended the American School in Japan (ASIJ). Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Business from Auburn University where she played varsity athletics; after several years in marketing and merchandising positions, Lisa earned an International MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Prior to joining the MDF, Lisa was a Senior Product Manager at eBay. Lisa’s 6 year career at eBay provided her with extensive and varied experiences in international markets and managing complex projects. During her tenure at eBay, Lisa received the prestigious all-company Jeff Skoll Community Award for excellence in serving the eBay community.
In addition to her formal academic achievements, Lisa has trained as an emergency medical technician, provided crisis counseling to families in distress, and studied physiology, anatomy and psychology of disability as part of a physical therapy training program. In March 2010, Lisa joined the advisory committee of the University of California Davis, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. More recently, Lisa joined an author panel convened by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to help write an evidence-based guideline on ‘Myotonic Dystrophies.’
Lisa, and her daughter Kayla live in Rocklin, California, a small community north-east of Sacramento. Kayla was born in July, 2005 with the severe congenital form of myotonic dystrophy. Kayla’s birth was the catalyst for Lisa’s involvement in and dedication to help in the effort to find treatments and a cure for myotonic dystrophy.