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Lisa Hamp

Lisa Hamp is a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting in Norris Hall that took place on April 16, 2007. With her classmates, she built a barricade to prevent the shooter from entering their classroom. Lisa suffered from untreated PTSD for many years after the Virginia Tech incident. In 2015, she sought counseling for an eating disorder. She had suffocated her feelings that were caused by the trauma and developed an eating disorder to cope. Since 2015, she continues to heal. She has begun sharing her story with law enforcement, EMS, school counselors, social workers, and mental health professionals. She believes that you don’t have to be shot to be injured and is passionate about helping those who have experienced trauma, as well as first responders. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree in Operations Research from George Mason University, and a Master’s degree in Economics from John Hopkins University.

Presentations

Lessons from a Virginia Tech Survivor

Lisa Hamp shares her personal story during the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, as well as her recovery afterwards. She describes how her class built a barricade to prevent the shooter from entering their classroom, as well as her struggle to return to a “normal’ life during the weeks, months, and years that followed. She explains what made her eventually seek counseling after eight years and a variety of hard, but powerful lessons she has learned since that tragic day. Through her raw and emotional presentation, she provides a survivor’s perspective on experiencing and recovering from a school shooting.

Panel Discussions and Q and A Sessions
Lisa offers Q and A sessions following her presentation or as a separate session. She is also available for panel discussions. As these formats are more organic and highly individualized, Lisa prefers to discuss and plan for these types of sessions directly with clients.

Testimonials

Lisa Hamp provides a moving and personal perspective on surviving a mass casualty incident.  Her story is a candid, poignant, and honest reflection on trauma, survival, and resiliency.  Her experience emphasizes the importance of recognizing trauma and victimization in all its forms, as well as honoring the experiences of ALL victims and survivors, including those whose wounds may not be the most obvious.”
– Gene Deisinger, Ph.D., Managing Partner, SIGMA Threat Management Associate, Deputy Chief of Police & Director, Threat Management Services (Retired), Virginia Tech

Lisa Hamp is one of the most courageous people I have ever met.  Her story is one that we all should hear. It is a story of strength, intellect, perseverance and ultimately, grace.  Lisa reminds us that we are all scared by the senseless violence affecting our society.  She also shows us that with faith, all things are possible.”
– Robert Boyd, Executive Director, Secure Schools Alliance

“Typically, after a tragic event the focus of recovery efforts begins with the injured or deceased. Lisa, through her experiences from the Virginia Tech incident, brought forward the impact these tragic events have on the non-injured survivors. As a community leader, her presentation helped me understand the importance of assistance for all survivors of tragic incidents.”
– Chris Heppel, Assistant Chief, Lane Fire Authority

“Lisa shares a profoundly important perspective to what it means to be a survivor and resilient leader, her voice helps each of us realize our own responsibility in keeping safety and security a community priority. “
– Kristina Anderson, Executive Director, Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools

“A rush of emotions came over me as I heard Lisa give her presentation. Lisa opened my eyes to seek help. Her horrifying experience helped shape her strength and through her strength I found mine as I sought out my recovery. I learned to not belittle my position as a survivor simply because I was not in the direct line of fire; I was there, I went through my own experience and I was empowered to overcome the emotional distress afterwards through her inspirational presentation.”
– Laura Flores

For more information on Lisa Hamp’s presentations contact Susan Parziale at sparziale@safeandsoundschools.org

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