Alisa Greco ’89
Alisa’s most vivid memory of Buxton is the sweet sound of the spring peepers. She had never heard them before coming to the Berkshires. That sound still reminds her of Buxton every spring. When Alisa was at Buxton in the 80’s she lived on campus over a summer and worked. She painted, built things, worked in the garden, took care of the grounds, and cooked her own meals. It was work program for 2 months! Alisa recalls this summer as the best one ever! Buxton taught her the importance of community and to think outside the box. She has put those values into practice by working passionately on environmental causes and has been a leader in bringing curbside composting and the Green Communities program to her hometown.
After graduating from Buxton she spent her college years at Kenyon College and UMass Amherst and attended Lesley University for graduate school. She is putting her MA in Counseling/Psychology to good use in her community and professionally. Alisa is in private practice where she specializes in the treatment of trauma and anxiety in kids and adults. Alisa is currently working to make sure the Active Shooter Protocol being rolled out for the school system in her community is trauma sensitive for students, faculty, and staff. She is trained in a therapy technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. She shares it is tough but rewarding work.
The values of Buxton have stuck with Alisa. She lives them every day and teaches them by example to her 2 teenage sons and others she interacts with. You see, Buxton exists in the world way beyond the campus. Very cool!