LCDR Lisa Garcez is the kind of officer that easily garners respect, especially from the enlisted ranks. That’s where she began her Coast Guard career more than 20 years ago. After nearly a decade of service, she attended Officer Candidate School and received her commission as an Ensign. From there, she has completed multiple tours and been rewarded with increasing levels of responsibility.
In 2007, she decided she needed additional education. “I had the wonderful fortune to attend ECPI University while serving in the Coast Guard as part of an Advanced Education program to grow Information Technology expertise in the Coast Guard,” says Garcez. Later, she received a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management and will graduate this May from University of Oklahoma with a Masters in Human Relations.
She is now the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Institute in Oklahoma City and is responsible for the execution of advancement testing, Rating Advancement Tests (RAT), and correspondence courses. She also supervises Voluntary Education Programs (Vol Ed), including management of the Tuition Assistance Program (TA), distributions of the Coast Guard Foundation, Vander Putten Education Grants, and Official Coast Guard Joint Service Transcripts.
Clearly, education is important to LCDR Garcez. No doubt, that makes her current job quite fulfilling. Says Garcez, “It is especially rewarding helping members of the Coast Guard achieve their professional and personal goals.”