Lisa Mortimer ’88: Committed to Supporting HB for Life
By Lisa Murtha
Lisa Mortimer '88 is an HB Lifer and a fourth-generation legacy at the school. She and her husband, Walter Cha (University School '88), sent both of their daughters—Libby '15 and Maggie '17—to HB, too. But those aren’t the only reasons Lisa chose to become a Mary Raymond Legacy Society member.
"Two of the greatest gifts HB gave me were the ability to think critically and to express that through writing and speech," says Lisa. "The teachers asked me to question things and not just accept something as truth for face value."
Lisa learned how unique these gifts were when she went off to study sociology at Bucknell University and later, earn her Master's of Social Service Administration from Case Western Reserve.
"Not being afraid to have a voice in the conversation was not something everyone else had experienced in school," Lisa says. "That really was a gift made possible by the women who came before me."
So, before Lisa and Walt moved back to Cleveland after 13 years in Philadelphia, and even before they had kids, Lisa—then a family therapist and consultant to schools—chose to include HB in her will.
"It's an acknowledgement of that gift to myself," says Lisa, "but also a way to make sure other girls have the same opportunity."
Today, Lisa is an active member of the HB community, serving on the school's board of trustees, chairing the student-faculty life committee and sitting on HB's alumnae council. She's also the incoming president of University School's Hunting Valley Campus Parents' Association (son William is a member of the Class of 2020).
Lisa's life-long involvement with the school gives her a unique perspective on the ways HB has both changed and stayed the same.
"Even though the building and a lot of the programs look different, there are still a lot of common threads—the value of innovation, the value of critical thinking and expression through writing or art," she says. "The school still provides so many opportunities to try out your voice and grow and establish it."
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