Lisa Leask, Co-Founder of ISHPI, has been involved with the company since its inception in 2006 when the American Indian, Service Disabled, Veteran-Owned, certified 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business operated out of her living room. In the early days of ISHPI, Lisa handled everything from bookkeeping, payroll, and accounts receivable to office supplies, human resources, and IT support. As a former Naval officer, Lisa’s career in management began in her overseas duty stations which included Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, and Naples, Italy. During her tenure as a Lieutenant Junior Grade she was awarded three Navy Achievement Medals. She quickly transitioned her military management skills into the civilian world. Lisa successfully managed a CPA firm in Pensacola, Florida, and then handled the human resource departments for two defense contracting firms in northern Virginia.
The next logical step for Lisa and her husband, Noah, was the formation of ISHPI, where Lisa took her administrative and management experience and parlayed it into supporting clients in the areas of information technology and national defense. During her time at ISHPI, Lisa held the positions of Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, Executive Officer, Human Resources Manager and Office Manager. She was also responsible for leading and managing ISHPI’s critical employee outreach and welfare initiative, the ICARE Program.
Tapping into her past life as a U.S. Navy Officer, Lisa also works to ensure the futures of other women in the military. She is a founding member of the Palmetto Chapter of Women in Defense which provides networking and development opportunities to women working in the areas of national defense and security, supports military members and encourages partnerships between the local contractor community and military personnel at SPAWAR-Atlantic, Air Force Base Charleston and the Department of Homeland Security.
Away from the office, Lisa was busy raising three very active daughters while still finding time to volunteer in her community. She spent her time participating in leadership roles on several local PTA boards, within the local affiliation of the Girl Scouts, and as manager and treasurer of several sports teams that her daughters were members of. Additionally, Lisa was fully engaged in the local Area 6 Special Olympics teams and the Town of Mount Pleasant Unified Athletics, not only serving as team “mom”, but also serving as a volunteer coach for both swimming and soccer, traveling throughout the state in support of Special Olympics Athletes and their families.
In 2015 Lisa stepped away from her position at ISHPI to focus her time on various philanthropic endeavors, serving on the boards of several local non-profit organizations, in addition to a new corporate venture, Leask Industries, LLC. Her most recent corporate challenge is Resource Connector, LLC which involves designing an information portal and app to share various resources related to health and human services, and Five Fish Foundation a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals with an intellectual disability and their families for approved therapies, programs, and products that promote their Support, Care, Acceptance, Life Quality, and Education in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties, South Carolina