Lissa Barrett served as Chair of The Montclair Foundation, Chair of the Van Vleck Board of Management, Treasurer of the Van Vleck House & Gardens Capital Campaign, and was a member of the board of the Parents Association of Montclair Kimberley Academy. She has also served as President and Administrative Vice President of the Jr. League of Montclair-Newark, Treasurer of the United Way of North Essex, and Treasurer and Finance Chair of the Garden Club of Montclair. Before retiring, Lissa worked as a research associate at The Massachusetts General Hospital and Schering Plough Corp, and as a district manager for The Connaught Group. She received her B.A. in biology and M.A. in zoology from Indiana University, and resides with her husband Jim in Essex Fells.