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Lisa Peyton-Caire recently joined Summit Credit Union as their Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness at Summit Credit Union after working as the founding director of The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, a Wisconsin based non-profit organization committed to eliminating health disparities and other barriers impacting the lives of African American women and girls.
Virginia native and Madison transplant, Lisa Peyton-Caire is an educator, writer, women’s health advocate, non-profit leader, and change agent. An educator by training, Lisa’s work has spanned the PreK through 16 education spectrum in Dane County and beyond. Regarded for her vision, leadership, and ability to impact others, Ms. Peyton-Caire has led and/or pioneered many successful initiatives that continue to enrich the lives of youth and adults including leadership development and pre-college preparatory programs for young women and first generation college students in Madison.
Ms. Peyton-Caire is the co-founder and inaugural director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s highly successful DoIT Information Technology Academy (ITA), a pre-college technology training & college access program for first generation college students; she served as Associate Director of the University of Maryland Educational Opportunity Center providing college access and workforce opportunities to youth and adult learners and displaced workers in Prince George’s County, Maryland; and previously served as Assistant Head of School of the 800 student Hyde Leadership Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., a K-12 college preparatory school.
Spurred by her mother’s untimely death from heart disease in 2006, Lisa establish Black Women’s Wellness Day in 2008, an annual health summit now in its fifth year that aims to inform, inspire, and empower women and girls of African descent to build and sustain healthy, wellness-centered lives. She is actively engaged in a number of local efforts to promote healthy, thriving, sustainable communities, and serves on the Boards of Sustain Dane, A Fund for Women, and Center for Resilient Cities.
In January 2014, Ms. Peyton-Caire was named one of twenty-eight Women to Watch by BRAVA Magazine, and in 2013 was nominated an “Everyday Health Hero” by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. She is a 2013 recipient of the Today Not Tomorrow, Inc. Water Bearer Award for Leadership & Community Service, and was a 2013 Athena Award nominee with The Business Forum. Additionally, she is a 2008 UW Alumni Association Forward Under Forty Award honoree for her service and impact on the world by living the Wisconsin Idea.
Lisa holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership & Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She resides in Fitchburg with her husband and their five children.