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 nineteen and twenty one. 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 were 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. Lisa is also extremely instrumental in the development of IQed Smart Nutrition due to her passion for exercise, healthy living, and whole food nutrition.
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 was the co founder for ShopinService, a philanthropic company that offered free shopping to assisted those who couldn’t shop for themselves. She also created PursuitofResearch.org where her focus is on nutritional strategies. More recently Lisa co founded crowdFunnit which provides a positive way to help stamp out bullying through birthday parties by bringing people together, raising awareness about differences while fostering acceptance and compassion.
Lisa has just started a new media initiative with a phenomenal group of parents, educators, therapists and physicians. It is called Late Talkers, Silent Voices and the aim is to bring acceptance, support, and a voice to those impacted by communication disorders. Late Talkers, Silent Voices also aims to help families find comfort and a voice for their journey ahead. Lisa’s son Tanner who is now in college is part of the first documentary. Tanner is doing so well today but his journey was long.
As part of the Late Talkers, Silent Voices project, Lisa Geng is also working on a new book for school age and adults who deal with communication impairments with Nina Wolgelenter. The new book, the Late Talker Grows Up, will is a collaboration with various speech and medical professionals, including a chapter about integrative medicine by award winning pediatrician and integrative medical doctor Aylin Ozdemir MD.
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.
Lisa Geng resides with her husband Glenn, her sonTanner, as well as her yellow nape Amazon parrot Woodstock, and dogs, Simba and Sandy, on the Treasure Coast of Florida Her son Dakota has graduated from SCAD with a degree in game design and 3D animation and currently is working for Hologic in Connecticut.