Lisa joined SVP in 1998 and has served on its Board of Directors, Early Childhood Development Grant Committee, and Outreach Committee. She currently co-chairs SVP’s Corporate Partnership Committee.
Lisa creates compelling visual stories for diverse clients, including travel and outdoor adventure companies, tourism organizations, families, and non-profits working to improve education and tackle other societal challenges. She’s been privileged to document the vital work of 20+ SVP investees and SVP Fast Pitch innovators. An inspiring and skilled educator, Lisa enjoys helping people unleash their creativity through photography. Learn more and view online galleries at Merrill Images.
Prior to founding Merrill Images, Lisa worked in high-tech marketing. She has an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. Lisa lives in Bellevue with her husband John and children, and is active in the city’s Cultural Conversations group. She enjoys skiing, hiking, cycling, whitewater rafting, and relishes travel adventures in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
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Okay, I’m totally dating myself (and subjecting you to bad puns), but I can’t help it. Whenever Lisa Bontje and Lisa Merrill are on a photo shoot, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam just pops into my head! And while SOME of you might debate the brilliance of 80’s gems like “Lost in Emotion” and “Head to Toe,” you simply cannot miss the vibrancy of the students captured by Lisa and Lisa in a photo shoot with College Access Now!
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"If you see a gun, don't touch it, even to throw it in the garbage. Run and tell an adult in your house. It's their job to keep you safe."
Looking through my camera at the circle of rapt 4-year-olds at Denise Louie Education Center, I realized yet again how much we ask of our preschools.
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