SMI leader recognized for excellence in leadership
Lisa Skenandore, Vice President of Business Development at Systems & Methods, Inc. (SMI), was awarded with the first-ever Excellence in Leadership Award by the National Tribal Child Support Association (NTCSA) last month at NTCSA’s Annual Training Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The award is given to an individual in the child support community who demonstrates exceptional leadership, vision, innovation, strategic thinking and the ability to motivate and inspire others.
Going forward, the award will be named the “Lisa Skenandore Award for Excellence in Leadership.”
“This is truly very humbling and I’m deeply honored,” Lisa said. “I am so grateful for all of the support throughout my journey. I have been fortunate to have many wonderful role models that helped shape my experience and guide me to where I am today. I am a firm believer in lifelong learning and look forward to continuing the good work we collectively do in tribal child support.”
Lisa joined SMI in January 2016 as the organization’s Vice President of Business Development. Prior to joining SMI, Lisa led the Oneida Nation Child Support Department as IV-D Director, which became a comprehensive tribal child support program in April 2008 after receiving a start-up grant in 2005, a milestone that began Lisa’s child support career and one where she says she found her passion. During this tenure, she began advocating for child support and continues to do so today. Along with child support, Lisa has also led other human services programs such as child welfare, domestic violence prevention, and foster care.
Lisa participates in many national associations and conferences—she is an Honorary Life Member and Past President of the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA); Past President and Treasurer of the NTCSA, where she is an Honorary Board Member; and Past President of the National Association of Tribal Child Support Directors (NATCSD). Lisa is also honored to be a part of the Eastern Regional Intergovernmental Child Support Association (ERICSA), where she has been a proud board member since 2013 and was recently elected President.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin.