Lisa Marie Jones
Lisa entered a hospital diploma nursing program in suburban Philadephia after high school graduation with the thought of someday possibly working in burn care. House fires were common throughout Philadelphia and were routinely the lead story on the news each night. Just like millions of people each year, Lisa never thought fire would hit so close to home. The first week of school, an electrical fire at a fraternity house on the LaSalle University campus broke out resulting in several burn injuries and the death of a friend. This experience would prove instrumental later in Lisa's burn career.
Moving to northern New Jersey, Lisa began work at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ, in a number of administrative jobs. Having left nursing school several months short of completion, Lisa returned to school and graduated with a degree in Healthcare Administration from Saint Peter's College, Jersey City, NJ, and transitioned into her current position as the Community Outreach Educator for the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas. Shortly after beginning her new job, a fire broke out in one of the freshman dormitories at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, resulting in 60 injuries and 3 fatalities. This incident was jarring and brought back memories of Lisa's own experience. She chose to use it as a platform to prevent other teens and young adults from suffering the same fate. She proceeded to create and implement an educational program, using the Seton Hall fire as an example, to educate high school students on personal safety as it relates to leaving home. The classroom program was designed to prepare students to live on their own as well as on a college campus. The program served as the topic for the first of twelve abstracts she has presented at annual ABA meetings over the past decade. In addition, her program and input was instrumental in the design for the ABA Prevention Committee's Leaving Home campaign.
There was much to learn about burn prevention in her new position and Lisa credits much of it to her two terms serving on the ABA Prevention Committee. Time spent on the committee was vital to her education and she is forever grateful and thankful for the knowledge she gained from such a varied group of professionals. At the culmination of her tenure, she co-chaired the 2010 Annual Meeting's Prevention Workshop. Through her membership and active participation in the ABA, Lisa has developed numerous working relationships with other burn centers and firefighter foundations, particularly in the northeast region of the United States. Lisa is particularly happy to spend part of each summer with many of those peers at the Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp in Connecticut, where she has volunteered and been her burn center's liaison for the past eight years.
New Jersey may have one of the highest per capita incomes in the country, but it also has some of the poorest cities. Lisa has focused much of her prevention work with lower socioeconomic urban populations, including her work with juvenile firesetters. Lisa serves on the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety's Juvenile Firesetter Advisory Council and is in charge of Essex County's program, which includes the city of Newark, and has served as a consultant for the Jersey City Fire Department on this topic. She has worked extensively with Newark school students, both professionally and personally, and has been a Big Sister mentor in the school system. Additionally, Lisa was granted a FEMA grant for 2010 to institute a scald prevention program aimed at parents in urban neighborhoods. Her work in the field has prompted her return to school where she is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Social Work at Fordham University, New York City. Lisa hopes to build upon her experience both in health care and prevention work in public health.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better; to know that even only one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson