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Lisa Walker Gilbert, BA

Lisa Gilbert, BA

Lisa Gilbert received her BS degree from National University in 2001, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Addictive Disorders.

Earlier, she began work with preschool aged children in 1984. Her focus shifted to at-risk adolescents in 1996, beginning at Hillcrest Receiving Home, and then transferring to Polinsky Children’s Center when it opened. During the time period she worked at Polinsky, she also worked part-time with adolescents who were hospitalized for suicidal ideation at UCSD Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAPS).

Lisa is currently working as a Senior Protective Services Worker in the Residential Services, having worked for the Department of Health and Human Services for 17 years altogether. She developed the AWOL/Sexual Exploitation Specialist position working with teens who are involved in domestic human trafficking and chronic AWOL.

In addition, she leads a Foster Youth Mentor Ministry through her church, recruiting and training individuals to be mentors for San Diego County’s foster youth. She coordinates these efforts with County staff in the County foster youth mentoring program.

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