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Lysa Ausmus, MEd, MA, LPC, is a creative and resourceful administrator, educator, and mental health professional with more than 30 years of experience working with addiction and personality disorders. She began her career in corporate and commercial television and film production but soon returned to school to follow her first passion, which was counseling. As Director of Mental Health Counseling at Oak Lawn Community Services, Lysa operated an outpatient substance abuse program during the height of the AIDS epidemic and became a leader in fundraising for the HIV community. She subsequently began her private practice while teaching and serving as Director of the digital filmmaking and photography programs at the Art Institute of Dallas. Since retiring from education, she has returned to mental health services, this time in the hospital environment, where she operates an outpatient substance abuse program for adults and adolescents. She remains active in the film industry in Texas, mentoring young filmmakers and judging film competitions.