The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Lisa Bell, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
Lisa Bell was born and raised in Wayne and loves her community. She began working with the West Virginia University Extension Service as an AmeriCorps Vista in 2006, joining the
staff as a health educator two years later. Her compassion for others shines through in the work she does with Marie’s House, a female recovery program located in Wayne. Bell tried for
five years to join the efforts at Marie’s, sure that her expertise could help. Nutrition counseling was finally incorporated in the house three years ago. The organization has made huge strides with the female residents through its commitment to working all facets of substance use disorder, including how nutrition can have a positive impact on their future quality of life. Bell also helps the women grow their own healthy produce in the house garden.
“It’s just been a beautiful, beautiful thing,” she says. “I get very emotional when I talk about the girls at Marie’s. These girls are scared to death. We do nine weeks of lessons, and by week two or three they start trusting you because you’re actually showing up for them. If it weren’t for this work, I wouldn’t feel the enormous sense of purpose that I do.”