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Meet Dr. Lisa

All of Lisa’s professional and social efforts coalesce around six core ideals:

  • Encouraging people to see unresolved trauma as an impetus for changing their narrative

  • Writing, laughing, having fun, and sharing pain with others, as a path to personal healing

  • Offering to children, great teachers by preparing and supporting novice and prospective teachers

  • Advocating with and for families to obtain positive educational and social outcomes

  • Ministering from a liberatory theology to deconstruct practices that diminish freedom and cultural expressions of honoring God

  • Reminding - a person's story begins and ends with them. How a person chooses to share, write, tell, their narrative of home - the structure(s), the people, the community, culture is their essential truth.

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My Story

Dr. Lisa Green-Derry refers to herself as NOLA BRAR (“pronounced bruh”) - New Orleans Born, Raised and Returned. Her ways of being in the world are because of her parents, siblings, and others in the Seventh Ward village where she was raised. She is a proud New Orleanian “from clans and cousins, pralines and parades, gumbo and greens, trials and testimonies, yard parties and ya momma an’ ‘em, love and laughter!”

The love (sometimes tough) from her 7th ward village continues to guide her as she reflects on and shares parts of her journey from teenage wife, mom, and student to medical laboratory scientist, science educator, published author, and the special honor of being an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana.

Lisa is blessed to be called “Wife” by her strongest supporter and caring critic, Horace Derry. She is also the proud mother of three, their spouses, and “MiMi” to six beautifully brilliant grandchildren

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 Community Book Center

 2523 Bayou Rd.

 New Orleans, 70119



(“pronounced bruh”)

New Orleans Born, Raised, and Returned

Vintage NOLA BRAR merchandise and more coming soon


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Scars & Pieces

Small group sessions that evoke uninhibited interactions and discussions around "healing from and to." The workshop is based on Will You Consider? the reflective component of every section in Mostly Sunny, Partly Dramali in Between (2020). Come prepared to laugh, create, reflect, touch and see your scars as records of redemption while considering... 

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