Lisa Cox, Director of Infant and Child Development Services for the Greater Richmond ARC, was among 40 Richmond area residents under age 40 selected by Style Weekly magazine as the top area young professionals for 2007. The annual competition draws a large number of nominations each year, and judges make their selections from a diverse group of people in a variety of professions.
According to Style Weekly's Editor, Jason Roop, "These are some of Richmond's most remarkable young men and women. They're inspiring and serving others, changing our community for the better and exuding an enthusiasm about Richmond's present and future that you just might catch."
(From Style Weekly)
Lisa Cox, 36
Director of Infant and Child Development Services
Greater Richmond ARC
Lisa Cox has adored children ever since her first job baby-sitting. After completing her undergraduate studies at James Madison University and a master's degree at the University of Virginia, she jumped right in with the children, taking a position with Children's Hospital of Richmond as a feeding specialist for five years.
As director of Infant and Child Development Services for the Greater Richmond ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens), she coordinates programming that ensures, some 400-plus Richmond children a year receive specialized pediatric services. She says her daily challenges range 'from funding to a shortage of professional resources in Virginia.'
But her commitment to youth extends from her professional life to behind her front door. So far she's taken in two children as a foster parent for the city. Cox says she was compelled to take action because of the large numbers of children awaiting homes. The most rewarding part of being a parent? 'The realization that there is so much community support,' she says. 'The old saying 'It takes a village' is particularly true in foster care. ' Seeing how many people come alongside you when you step out to do something like this is overwhelming.'