Lisa Fenton was born on February 17, 1972 into a middle-class family in New Carrollton, Maryland. Lisa is the middle child of three girls.
Lisa attended public schools and was in the marching band. She also played the snare drum and tri toms.
When Lisa was 10 she moved to Maine with her mother, step-father and her 2 sisters. The years spent in Maine helped to shape Lisa. She witnessed extreme poverty, lived a simpler way of life, and truly came to love nature in all of its splendor.
After graduating from high school, Lisa attended Prince George’s Community College and graduated from the University of Maryland, University College with a Bachelor of Science. While at UMUC, Lisa was Vice President of the Sigma Mu Honor Society, a Charter Member of the Psi Chi Honor Society, and volunteered at the Prince George’s County Suicide Prevention Hotline.
During her mid 20s, Lisa worked with children and adults with special needs. She was employed by the James E. Duckworth Special Center and also worked for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission in their Special Population's Division. These experiences brought Lisa an awareness, love and duty to children and adults with special needs. Lisa continues today helping the families of and children with special needs by serving at Grace Church in the GEMs (God’s Exceptional Miracles) Ministry, a ministry which disciples and comes along side families who have children with special needs.
In 2002, Lisa started her own company, a legal advertising and marketing firm, and in 2007, she decided to use her multitude of experiences and common sense approach to business and money management and sought municipal public office in Prince George’s County. She was elected to 3 terms, served as the Neighborhood Watch President, attended multiple years of advanced government leadership training and was beloved by her constituents.
Lisa is married to Columbia attorney Tae H. Kim and they have 3 children. Jason just obtained his license and is never home, Jenna is a teenage girl who spends a lot of time at the mall and Jackson is a typical 8 year old who plays outside as much as he can being loud and rambunctious. All 3 children are talented swimmers.
Lisa was asked by the President of the Korean Society of Maryland to be the first non-Asian and non-Korean Board Member of the 45 year old organization. Lisa was instrumental in helping the Korean Society of Maryland reach new heights in Howard County and the State of Maryland.
Lisa’s family is a family of public servants and veterans. Her cousin, Jimmy McHale, made the ultimate sacrifice and lost his life in Iraq. Lisa’s father, Floyd Fenton, served in the Army during the Korean War. Her great-great-grandfather, George Roberts, was a police officer, and her great-grandfather, Virgil Gilpin, was a Bataan Death March survivor and a 3-year POW. Lisa’s great-grandfather, Edwin Roberts, was a Quartermaster with Anah Shriner’s and her grandfather, James McHale, stationed in Germany, was a paratrooper in the Vietnam War. Lisa’s great-uncle, Jerry McHale was also stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War and her cousin, Mike, is currently in the Army and stationed in Washington State.