Lisa Sanfilippo, CCMI
Lisa Sanfilippo was born and raised in Barrington Hills, Illinois: a town 40 miles northwest of Chicago. Lisa is a Certified Case Manager Interventionist (CCMI), Director of The Sanfilippo Foundation and Co-Founder of Acceptance Recovery Center, located in Scottsdale, AZ.
In 1987, Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication with a minor in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. Upon graduation, Lisa joined her family’s business, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., a publicly traded global snack food company. She worked predominately in sales, marketing and product innovation roles for over 30 years before retiring in February 2016.
Coming from Italian and Austrian descent, Lisa learned the value of hard work, the importance of family, and the significance of “paying it forward” to enrich the lives of those less fortunate. From very young ages, Lisa and her siblings learned from watching their parents open their hearts and home to thousands of people to support charitable organizations, which inevitably inspired the family to create a foundation.
The Sanfilippo Foundation is a private family 501C3 charitable organization, dedicated to the preservation of automatic music machines and the facilitation of fundraising efforts that support women and children in need. Over the last 10 years, the foundation has assisted in raising over $14 million for local, regional and national charities, hosting fundraising events at the private estate. As a director of the foundation, Lisa organizes fundraisers and supports various philanthropic organizations that provide humanitarian assistance to families.
In February 2014, Lisa faced a pivotal crossroads in her life after returning home from 4 1/2 months of alcohol and substance abuse treatment. Through her faith, strong foundational values and her inherent value of paying it forward, she’s dedicated her life to helping others less fortunate; especially those that suffer from alcohol and drug addiction. Through her personal journey, Lisa co-founded Acceptance Recovery Center (ARC) in 2015 with Michael McGill, Wade L’Heureux, Nathan Gossen and Joe Ross. ARC’s mission is to help each person understand and find acceptance around their recovery, while providing them the confidence and skills for a life of sobriety.
In addition to her involvement with ARC, Lisa is working to establish the Aid for Hope Foundation, a 501C3 charitable organization that will provide access to alcohol and substance abuse resources to young adults in need of financial assistance.