Lisa Lane, J.D., Co-Founder and Executive Director
After graduating as valedictorian and class president from Dillon High School, Lisa attended the University of South Carolina, receiving her B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, her M.A. in English, with honors, and her J.D. from the School of Law, with honors. She joined the law firm of Kennedy Covington Lobdell and Hickman, becoming a partner in 1992.
When her younger son was diagnosed with autism in 1996, she helped establish Project HOPE Foundation as a nonprofit to serve those struggling with autism. She has gained expertise in the field of autism, participating in thousands of hours of Applied Behavior Analysis sessions, and becoming a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst. She has met with hundreds of families of children with autism. Along with her co-director, Susan Sachs, Lisa has been instrumental in developing each of Project HOPE's programs. The two women also direct the day-to-day operations of Hope Academy. Additionally, Lisa enjoys the privilege of serving as the music teacher at Hope Academy. Lisa is a frequent speaker to civic clubs, educational groups, and community organizations.