In Memoriam: Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers, a Federal contracting officer in the DOE Fermi Site Office passed away on Thursday, May 9 , after battling cancer. She was 47.

Rogers began her career with DOE in 1980. In high school, she participated in a DOE program that offered students part-time secretarial work. After graduation, students could choose to work full time at DOE. Lisa did, starting out in the Financial Management Division of DOE’s Chicago Operations Office.

Throughout her career with DOE, Rogers served in numerous business management positions at the Chicago Operations Office. Prior to her most recent role in the Fermi Site Office, Rogers worked as a senior contract specialist on the DOE Chicago Management & Operating Contracts Policy Team. Rory Simpson, DOE Fermi Site Office business manager, recruited Rogers when a position opened up at the Fermi Site Office in 2009. Simpson, who knew Rogers since her arrival at DOE, worked with her many times during her career.

“Lisa was a good writer and a hard worker,” Simpson said. “She was dedicated and very knowledgeable in her field.”

In her role as a contracting officer and contract specialist on the DOE Fermi Site Office Business Team, Rogers was responsible for extending the DOE protective force contract, which allowed FRA/Fermilab more time to choose its own contractor. She recently worked on the FRA and DOE contract extension, which will extend the contract performance period for another five years. Rogers also oversaw procurement and property management functions at the laboratory.

Although Rogers was very private, she spoke frequently about her husband and three children, said Mark Bollinger, deputy manager for the DOE Fermi Site Office.

“She was the ultimate mom. She had three girls and they were everything to her,” Bollinger said. “Lisa was sweet and always had a smile for everyone.”

Simpson is happy that he had the chance to work with Rogers again.

“I’m glad she was here for the time she was,” Simpson said. “She was a part of our family and she will be sorely missed.”

View visitation and funeral information for Rogers online.

Rhianna Wisniewski