Liza is proud to be a Lee County native with Cuban/American roots. She was born, raised and continues to call Lee County home. Liza graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and an emphasis in Forensic Psychology.
Liza began her career with the Lee County Clerk’s Office in 1993. A few years later, she decided to pursue her next venture as a Court Investigator with the Administrative Office of the Courts. Liza moved through the ranks of the Criminal Division. She served as a Pretrial Services Manager, Deputy Criminal Justice Director and then Criminal Division Director. The criminal division includes the Lee County Pretrial Services, which is a 24/7 operation, and the Lee County Probation Department. In 2018, she was promoted and is currently serving as Chief Deputy Court Administrator for the 20th Judicial Circuit.
Under Liza’s leadership, the Lee County Criminal Division gained accreditation through the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission. Lee County is one of only five agencies in the state to be accredited. The Criminal Division was also awarded with a NACO achievement award for the implementation of the Criminal Case Management program.
Liza is a certified court manager and a certified pretrial services professional (PSP). She also served as a Commissioner for the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC). She was nominated as a “40 under 40” recipient and was most recently selected as a nominee for the Women of Distinction award.
Liza is a strong believer in staying informed and engaged in the Southwest Florida community and is always seeking an opportunity to give back to others. She was appointed to serve on the Lee County Charter Review Commission as well as the Florida Gulf Coast University, Department of Justice Studies Advisory Board. Liza served on the board of the inaugural Hispanic Heritage Festival and 5K event. She currently serves on a United Way fund distribution review team and is on the board of the Multicultural Centre of SWFL-The Big Backpack event.
Liza is currently Vice President for the Lee County Republican Women of Cape Coral Club and Precinct Representative for the Lee County Republican Executive Committee. Liza is a member of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Florida. Liza is an active member of Step of Faith Ministries and has recently served as youth pastor and an usher. She has two children, Jordan and Alyssa, and a beautiful fur baby, Cielo. Liza’s favorite hobby is pursuing new adventures with her family.