Lisa-Gray Vick is Windjam’s Director of Community Engagement, bringing with her a strong background in both experience and education. Graduating from Meredith College in 1992 with two Bachelors Degrees in Education and Psychology, she went on to attend N.C. State University where she graduated with honors and received her Masters in Special Education with a certification in Learning Disabilites for K-12.
Now, in the years since completing her education, Lisa-Gray has found multiple areas that have allowed her to reach out to individuals, as well as the community, to make a positive impact. After earning her Masters, Lisa-Gray began work as a member of the program staff at the Cary Family YMCA where she was part of the team that designed and organized the very first Camp Rising Sun. She then went on to work with Project Enlightenment in the Demonstration Preschool which is now a nationwide model, and from there became a Special Needs educator in the Wake County school system. It was during this time working with special needs students that she began to offer private tutoring, which eventually became a full time endeavor.
Community outreach has now become Lisa-Gray’s main focus. From working with children at Loaves and Fishes helping to improve their literary skills, to organizing her local Shoebox Project for Samaritan’s Purse, to volunteering at the Special Olympics, she has been instrumental in organizing local efforts to help and make improvements in the community. She dedicates many hours to a great number of organizations throughout Raleigh and Cary such as the Clothing Ministry at First Baptist Church in Raleigh, Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, Stop Hunger Now, the Read and Feed program, and the Raleigh Rescue Mission where she has worked closely with a single mother and her two children, advocating for them in the community and in their schools. She has also had one of her dogs go through training to receive therapy dog certification and they now make regular visits to local nursing homes, retirement centers, and after-school character programs.
Lisa-Gray Vick finds her greatest joys in life by being of service to others, and she is happy to be part of the Windjam Development team. By seeking out ways to help non-profit organizations through sponsorships and continual engagement in outreach programs, Windjam Development hopes to continue building strong relationships with its community members. Lisa-Gray loves the challenge presented to her to help accomplish these goals, and working together with Windjam, she looks forward to all of the future opportunities to be a partner with these wonderful organizations and an active member of our community.