IMG_0391Lisa Ward has lived all over the country and changed her career path a time or two, but says she has found both a city and a job that she truly enjoys. After graduating college with a degree in graphic design, Ward worked in a veterinary clinic for a couple of years before going to work for different libraries around the state. Now the 35-year-old Wyoming native serves as a mobile library specialist for the Pikes Peak Library District, focusing on serving senior assisted-living facilities throughout the region. Ward parked the PPLD mobile van last week to tell the Business Journal about her job as well as her involvement in the Colorado Springs community.

Can you tell me about your experience working for PPLD?

I’ve been with the library for six years. I’ve done a couple of different jobs, but the most recent is working with the lobby stop van in the mobile library department. We serve the senior assisted living facilities here in Colorado Springs. We got a grant through the Colorado Trust for the Healthy Aging Initiative, so we’re able to go out and take everything into the facilities so that the residents don’t have to get out. It’s a two-part service: One is the regular book checkout and the other is an interactive program to help them reminisce and bring back memories.

Can you talk about how your career path has changed?

Most of the jobs that I have done have been in customer service in one way or another. I’ve been able to carry that with me to this job, which is about 90 percent customer service. And as far as graphic design, which my degree is in, I’m able to design some calendars and some pamphlets and other things for my job.

How did you end up in Colorado Springs?

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I was born in Cheyenne, Wyo., and moved several places with my dad, who worked for a large corporation. We lived in Atlanta, Tampa, Detroit, Jacksonville, and then I started traveling on my own and eventually came to the beautiful place called Colorado Springs.

What has kept you here in the Springs?

I love hiking and the mountains, and that the sun shines most days of the year. I have a really good job and enjoy serving the assisted living residents. I’ve met great people and have had a great time being a part of organizations like Leadership Pikes Peak. That was one of the major things that motivated me to stay — to see all the young people that are trying to make a difference and doing exciting things in the community.

How are you involved in the local young professionals community?

I graduated from Leadership Pikes Peak in the Leadership Now program in 2010 and what I learned was that a small group of people can do amazing things. That really stuck with me: There is a small group of people in this town that maybe don’t have that much power, that don’t have that much money, but they still can make such a big difference.

Do you think that this is a good environment for young professionals?

I do think that this is a good environment for young professionals, and I’ve seen that people are starting to decide to stay here rather than to go other places.

How do you see your career path evolving?

I would love to go back to school and get my graduate degree. I’d also like to use the leadership skills I have learned over the past few years to serve on more nonprofits.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to hike, camp, stay in cabins — all of that mountain stuff. I like to spend time with my dog and to hang out with friends. I also volunteer with nonprofits like Girls on the Run and serve on some boards, including Leadership Pikes Peak. 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Yun works for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), an organization that has continuously been overly optimistic about real estate (RE) in a falling market. Does one have to wonder why? It is a self fulfilling motivation which keeps the NAR misleading the public with skewed projections about the condition of the national and/or local real estate markets. What do you think the NAR is going to say? The RE market is horrible and don’t buy homes. Of course not! The NAR will not recognize what the White House has recently acknowledged. The National economy is in horrible shape and the banking system is in such a quandary that only foreign money can provide the necessary funds to keep it liquid. Go for it Mr. Yun. Keep telling people a fairy tale in hopes of keeping your job. The RE maket in this country is undoubtedly in a corrective downward move and that does not exclude ANY market, including Denver.

    Mr. Yun states that “only buyer pessimism is holding the market back”. Well Mr. Yun, it is the buyer’s emotional state that drives prices. What does Mr. Yun think drove prices up? Of course it was the buyer and now Mr. Yun wants to discount the buyers infulenace upon prices and RE values.

    One more thing Mr. Yun, I have studied interest rate markets going back 100 years and your claim that interest rates are the lowest in 45 years is just flat WRONG. You can ask any homeowner who refinanced in the late 90’s and you will find that mortgage rates were lower then than they are now.

    Mr. Yun, stop misleading the public uesing your positin and title. Tell the truth and don’t worry about keeping your job. You can find another one like many of the people that read your deceptions will have to.

    Concerned citizen.
    Warren M.

  2. I’m actually leaving the state because I feel property prices are still too high and I don’t want to sit around and play the waiting game. Sick of seeing rentals for $1200 plus because people are trying to cover their mortgage because they are upside down on their house and can’t sell. I’m sick of seeing all of these dumpy houses from the 70’s TRYING to be sold at $200K+. Im going to take my money and pay $145K and move to northern florida AND get a pool AND a nice yard.

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