Lisa Buckman, Executive Director

Lisa grew up on Lake Delhi, and attended Hawkeye Community College and UNI before moving to Atlanta in 1984. While there she worked as a Corporate Travel Counselor for American Express, and as a Beverage Manager and Catering Sales Associate for the Georgia Aquarium and Woodruff Arts Center. Lisa also managed a staff 220 hospitality associates In Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport as the Delta Sky Club Project Manager several years before returning to Iowa in 2013 to care for her mother. She owned and operated her own catering business, A Whimsical Kitchen, providing upscale food and beverages and event services for her clients. Before joining Families Helping Families, Lisa worked at Regional Medical Center in Manchester as the Donor Relations Specialist. While there she managed the donor database, built and sustained donor relationships, coordinated fundraising efforts and events, and helped set fund development strategy.

Lisa is married to Mike Buckman, who’s been employed as a Computer Programmer for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids for over 30 years. Lisa and Mike are enthusiastic about traveling all over the world, passionate about all kinds of music, regularly enjoy outdoor activities, and attend Hawkeye sporting events. Lisa is a foodie who loves entertaining and adores her spoiled pit bull, Ruby. She is devoted to non-profit work and has spent years volunteering for several organizations. She coordinated food and hospitality efforts for Lazarus Ministries in Atlanta, was President of her neighbors association, and volunteered for Castle Theatre in Manchester.