Volunteer Profile:  Lisa Steinkamp

Parent Council Chair, Advancement Committee, Classroom help (spring fling, class play, field trips)

I have such warm, fuzzy memories of elementary school, so I love just being in that environment. It’s also great to see my kids’ faces light up when they see me being a part of their school. They think it’s really cool, and I think it sets a good example of giving back and supporting them.”

Hometown: Morris, OK

Personal: I live with my husband, Chris and our two sons, Will (6thgrade at Summit), and Nicholas (3rdGrade at Friends School).

Education/current or previous employment: After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, I moved to Los Angeles and worked in Advertising and Marketing for companies including Disney, Baskin-Robbins and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Occupation: When we moved to Boulder (2 ½ years ago) I decided to launch my own food business, something I had thought about for many years. Boulder is such a natural foods hub, it was a perfect fit! I started The Campfire Bakery, selling granola and goodies at the area farmer’s markets. Now you can buy our granola at Lucky’s, Alfalfas, and a few other stores in the Denver/Boulder area.

Hobbies & passions & talents:  I spent most of my 20’s and 30’s living and breathing horses. I trained and competed in hunter/jumpers, and spent every spare minute at the LA equestrian Center. I still ride whenever I can, and love being around a barn . . .even just smelling one makes me happy! I also love interior design and refinishing furniture. Random, I know.

Q: How did you find Friends School & why did you choose it for your children?

When we decided to move to Boulder, we looked at every school option. I had flown out a couple of times for tours but hadn’t seen Friends yet. Chris had to come out for business and I asked him if he could squeeze in one last tour before we decided. He called me from Friends School and said “I think we’ve found our place!”. He was right. We really value the warm, enriching environment and knew our boys would love it!

Q: What motivates you to volunteer?

The more I give my time and get involved, the more I feel connected to the school, and also the community of Boulder. This year, as the Parent Council chair I’ve been able to get even more engaged and have made some great new friends. I also love planning and organizing so it’s been a good outlet for that!      

Q: What books are you reading right now? (Alternate question: If you could have one super power what would it be?)

I just finished the book SPARK by John J. Ratey, about how exercise affects the brain. We read it for our Friends Connect meeting this month and had an awesome discussion on it!

Also, my super power would definitely be that I could convert cupcakes into all the nutrition I needed! 

Q: If we were to open your fridge, what would we find? (send us a photo of the inside of your fridge!)

Sadly, no cupcakes. But the labels all facing forward is no accident. That’s my OCD in all its glory!

Q: How do you recharge?

I love walking and hiking with my buddy Charlie, our lab.

Challenging minds. Nurturing spirits. Honoring individuality.