Lisa F. Geng is the mother of two boys that were both “late talkers” and the founder and president in 1999 of both Children’s Apraxia Network, a non-profit organization for children with neurologically based language disorders, as well as in 2000 the nonprofit CHERAB Foundation (Communication Help, Education, Research, Apraxia Base), a partnership of parents and professionals working together to provide support and information for anyone who cares for children with speech challenges. Starting with a small local support group, under Lisa’s guidance, the CHERAB Foundation became the largest non-profit of its kind in the world in less than a year.
Lisa commenced her crusade in philanthropy as the result of the personal challenges she faced with her two young boys, now aged fifteen and eighteen. As a baby, the prognosis for her older son was severe as a result of life threatening birth trauma that caused torn and crushed muscles and nerves in his head and neck. Her second son was diagnosed with apraxia. Both required Lisa’s active role as a parent and early intervention to achieve such success.In spite of the severity of diagnosis of both of her sons, both have been mainstreamed in school and doing wonderful today.
Due to nutritional strategies she found success with in her own children Lisa organized and hosted the first scientific conference for therapy of verbal apraxia/dyspraxia entitled: “Verbal Apraxia/Dyspraxia and Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) Supplementation: A New Potential Therapeutic Intervention,” The conference was organized under the auspices of the CHERAB Foundation and CAPT Joseph Hibbeln, M.D. More recently Lisa has found success in combining the essential fats with other nutrients. She is currently looking to validate another nutritional strategy she discovered success with which is a protein powder blended with various botanicals such as turmeric, haritaki, cocoa, and amalaki that is rich in various essential nutrients, including all the amino acids.
Lisa’s story has been featured on various media including Inside Edition, The New York Times, and PBS. Lisa co-authored The Late Talker book, St Martin’s Press 2003 with Dr. Marilyn Agin, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician and Medical Director for NYC Early Intervention, and Malcolm Nicholl, an international journalist. Since publication it remains the best selling book of its kind.
Lisa is a successful multi-talented creator and inventor with twenty years experience in the commercial market place. Her successful background covers a variety of fields ranging from children’s toys and animation, to medical products and services, to philanthropy.
Lisa, who grew up in New Jersey and New York attended the prestigious School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Hired right out of school by Buzzco Productions, Lisa worked for years in New York City on various commercials and half hour specials in the film and animation industry and worked her way into becoming part of the infamous “skeleton crew” that created the award winning “I want my MTV!” commercials.
While working in the NYC film industry, part time Lisa also taught animation at the Joe Kuburt College under Milt Neil, one of the original animators from Disney. Lisa created the characters for—and wrote—three animated “short” movies for noted producer and director Frank Drucker. These movies raise awareness on how to help keep our children healthy, happy, and safe. It’s a project that has already received preliminary endorsements from government, educational, and medical professionals.services. Her children’s toys include “Roll over Rover,” manufactured by Mattel/Fisher-Price, and “Pretty-Up Pony” (Empire/Marshon).
Lisa has worked as an art director in NYC in the fashion and licensing industry for companies such as Warner Bros. and Disney.
Lisa is also co-founder of Speechville.com, a philanthropic company that offered free shopping to assisted those who couldn’t shop for themselves, and most recently PursuitofResearch.org where her focus is on nutritional strategies for special needs including specific formulas of essential fatty acids, essential amino acids, and other nutrients.
Through Cherab Lisa is a member of Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE) which is a national coalition of health and consumer advocacy organizations committed to empowering consumers to make the best use of evidence-based healthcare. Lisa is currently volunteering as a consumer advocate for the American Academy of Neurology.
Currently Lisa is also working on a new book for school age and adults who deal with communication impairments where she also plans to include a chapter about integrative medicine by award winning pediatrician and integrative medical doctor Aylin Ozdemir MD. She is also on a documentary about communication impairments with award winning producer Lise Zumwalt.
Lisa Geng resides with her husband Glenn, her two sons Dakota and Tanner, as well as her yellow nape Amazon parrot Woodstock, and dogs, Simba and Sandy, on the Treasure Coast of Florida