Date(s) & Time(s)::
February 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Location: Canisius College, Student Center- Regis Room
On July 29, 1994, Tom Santoro's 18 year old daughter, Lisa, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. In three weeks, Lisa would have been a first year student at the University of Iowa. Turning his pain into a mission to end dating violence, Tom has shared Lisa’s story at over 250 high schools and colleges throughout the country. Tom has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Montel Williams as a father who kept his daughter’s spirit alive. In Chicago, Channel 2 highlighted Tom as “Someone You Should Know.”
Before starting the “Dear Lisa” Program, Tom was a Deputy Fire Chief outside of Chicago. He also worked for the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois in the Domestic Violence Unit helping victims with Orders of Protection. Tom currently speaks full time, devoting his energy to educating students about dating violence as well as the characteristics of healthy relationships. Tom’s program rarely leaves a dry eye in the room, and students are consistently empowered by his words of strength.