Lisa Montesano: A star for STEM in WNY

By Kathy Hill



Lisa Montesano, right, speaks at Niagara University’s Young Women’s STEM Camp

National Grid is behind STEM education in a big way, encouraging and supporting growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. STEM education is critical to ensuring a strong workforce of the future – and National Grid employees who are passionate about sharing their own STEM journey are critical to that mission.

In western New York, Lisa Montesano is one such employee. A lead engineer in Environmental Services, Lisa exemplifies the achievements of the path she helps to promote.  Among the many STEM events to which Lisa’s contributed, she recently served as a panelist on Niagara University’s Institute of Applied Learning’s Young Women’s STEM Camp, sponsored by National Grid.

“Lisa does tremendous work for us in supporting our various STEM initiatives,” said Ken Kujawa, NY Jurisdiction Manager – West. “Her commitment and excitement really translate for the young people she talks with. The students see Lisa as an example of success, and it helps to open their minds about their own possibilities.”

“I do it for the kids,” says Lisa, “but of course you can’t do something like that without getting something back. When I see their faces light up, that’s all it takes to make my day.”

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Dennis Elsenbeck

Lisa has many strengths; her depth of knowledge, confidence, respect amongst all those that engage with her and importantly, her sincerity. It is clear that she is looked up to as a role model whenever she has the opportunity to connect with the youth in our community and even our own WNY young leadership group, the “Grid Team”; Lisa captures the student’s imagination, she provides confidence in terms of what is possible; what is within reach and does so with a humble determination. Lisa is an asset in so many ways, she is dependable, trusted and there whenever needed; she is a great employee; she is a friend.

Dan Keating

Lisa- Thank you sooooo much for all you do. Niagara University said you were wonderful!

Dennis Gleason

One of the best people you will ever meet, and she is always professional and knowledgable in whatever she does.


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