When the University of Dayton Women's Center opened in January 2003, Lisa Rismiller was appointed its founding director. She believed the challenges inherent in developing a center to serve students, faculty, and staff would be an attractive professional experience after spending five years as the Executive Director of the UD President's Office. While there, Rismiller was active in women's issues, serving on the Advisory Committee on Women's Issues and as a liaison with other campus-based and national women's organizations. Prior to coming to UD in 1996, Rismiller was the Chief Real Estate Negotiator for the City of Indianapolis' Department of Metropolitan Development, then the Manager of Business Development for the Downtown Dayton Partnership. She holds a BBA in Marketing and Real Estate from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Dayton.
Rismiller joined the ACE Women's Network-Ohio as an IR in 2003, then became treasurer in 2006. She gives her time and energy to the Ohio Network because she enjoys interacting with and learning from women who work in higher education across Ohio, and because she believes strongly in Madeleine Albright's sentiment that, "There's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other."