Lisa A. (Rozell) Mitzen was born in Glens Falls, New York, on November 2, 1968, to parents David and Darlene Rozell. She graduated from Hudson Falls in 1986.
Her father and her sisters, Amy and Kate, are also Hudson Falls graduates. After high school, Lisa earned an Associate of Science degree from Adirondack Community College and then continued her education at the S.U.N.Y Institute of Technology in Utica/Rome where she earned a Bachelor
of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.
Mrs. Mitzen’s banking career started while working as a teller during college summer breaks at the First National Bank of Glens Falls. After graduation, she ended up in a management position at Countrywide Home Loans, where she spent the majority of her career. She managed both sales and operations for upstate New York and the state of Vermont. In the midst of her successful mortgage career, Lisa met and married her husband Ed in the fall of 2011. Ed has three children, Emily, Nick, and Grace, so Lisa was blessed with an instant
Mrs. Mitzen was fortunate enough to be able to retire from the mortgage business in the fall of 2013 so that she could focus on her passions: fitness, farming, and philanthropy. She became a certified personal fitness trainer and enjoys teaching a few classes a week as well as doing one-on-one personal training. Lisa and Ed also have a small hobby farm consisting of goats, chickens, dogs, and cats—which fulfills her adoration of animals.
Mrs. Mitzen and her husband’s greatest passion is the ability to help others. Lisa served as board member for six years for Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, and she remains active in the organization as the chairperson for their annual fundraising dinner. She and her husband are also supportive of the Red Cross of Northeastern New York, the Double H Ranch, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Northeastern New York Chapter, and the Franklin Community Center, to name a few.
Mrs. Mitzen currently sits on the board for Shelters of Saratoga, and she and her husband have been actively involved with trying to find a permanent location for the Code Blue emergency shelter. She also enjoys preparing meals for the homeless, and most recently has been writing articles for Saratoga Living Magazine hoping to remove the stigma often associated with people experiencing homelessness.
This summer, Lisa and Ed traveled to Uganda, Africa with The Giving Circle, where they volunteered in an orphanage as well as in two schools. They continue to work closely with this wonderful organization in the hopes that the school can be finished and a health clinic can be built in the village of Mutai.
Although Lisa and Ed live in Saratoga Springs, New York, Lisa still visits Hudson Falls often to see her lifelong friends.