Lisa Hayden is originally from San Diego but has lived in Las Vegas most of her life. This has given her what she describes as “an undying love for the beauty of the desert, and a heartfelt concern for its dilemmas.” She has been working in the salon industry for 20 years, and currently works at one of the nation’s premier salons where she holds the position of Master Nail Technician.
Her many years in the salon and beauty industry has allowed her to make valuable friendships in all walks of life- friendships that open doors and create an awareness of the many problems facing her city and our society. Her involvement with B.E. A S.H.E.R.O. is a product of one of those friendships, and is how she came to be Co-Chair of our newly-formed Technology Committee.
Lisa has been married for over 10 years to a wonderful and supportive man, and although she has no children, her passion for animals and animal welfare always leads to a menagerie of fur-babies under her and her husband’s care. She has always harbored an activist’s spirit, attending anti-nuke rallies opposing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and actively supporting many women’s rights organizations and causes, all beginning at the age of 12.
Her deep consternation for the problems facing our environment led to her decision to obtain a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she focused on sustainability issues involving our precious resources, as well as the societal and economic problems caused as a direct result of the many environmental dilemmas that we face today.
When she is not working, Lisa really enjoys cooking for her husband (and her dogs!)- often spending her free time filling her freezer with soups, chilis and other homemade meals, which limits the amount of processed foods that her family eats. She also loves to read books on forensic science, history, environmental issues and world development. A few of her most recent reads are Silent Spring (Rachel Carson), Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World (Dan Keoppel), Why Nations Fail (Acemoglu and Robinson), and Climatopolis (Matthew E. Kahn).
Superheroine Vixen is the character that Lisa most associates herself with. Vixen holds the power of the entire animal kingdom and is a fierce protector of the innocent and the earth. She is an animal rights activist who can harness the abilities of any creature to battle those that dare bring harm to Mother Nature.