Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart received her doctorate in leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. She has two master's degrees: in pastoral studies from Loyola University and in education from Lesley College. Her undergraduate degree is in psychology, from Holy Cross.
Dr. Calderone started Tomorrow's Present in 1998 with a grant to foster leadership and a sense of vocation in young people. Before that, she was an associate director for youth ministry in the Office for Lifelong Faith Formation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Grand Island in Nebraska. Prior to diocesan work, Dr. Calderone was a parish youth minister, a school teacher, aquatics director, and swim coach.
In the summer of 2009 Lisa was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma and aggressive cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer, in the liver). Chemotherapy was unsuccessful, and she was left with a life expectancy of six months. On December 9, 2011, Lisa entered into eternal life.
To read more of Lisa's story and her ongoing blog, please visit CaringBridge.org