Lisa Gioia is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a B.A. in anthropology (1997), a Master’s Degree in History and a minor in public history (2008). She specialized in oral histories. Her projects include: gathering life stories for UNLV’s Oral History Research Center, archaeological research for the Public Lands Institute and Lake Mead National Recreation Center and conducting historical research for the United States Forest Service’s Middle Kyle Canyon project in Southern Nevada. Prior to becoming the Museum director, Lisa taught anthropology and history at various colleges in the west. She is author of “Showgirls in Las Vegas”, one of the Images in America series by Arcadia Publishing.