2016 Distinguished Young Alumni Award

  Liz Vostrez

Liz Vostrez is a 2001 graduate of Lincoln Lutheran High School. When asked how her education at Lincoln Lutheran prepared her for life, Liz said: “I was prepared by a competitive academic program. I was prepared academically for college and graduate school. In fact, there were some courses that were more difficult in high school than college! I loved the one on one special attention from teachers and administrators. That extra special touch is something that stays with you well into adulthood.”

Following her time at Lincoln Lutheran, Liz went on to attend Northwest Missouri State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She then attended the University of Kansas, earning a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare. She is actively involved with the Altar Guild and LWML at Calvary Lutheran Church in Kansas City, MO and also serves as a member of the School Board at Calvary Lutheran School.

Liz currently serves as a clinical therapist at Lifeworks Family Treatment Group. The goal of this agency is to provide healing for children who have experienced trauma and work with families who are connected through foster care, adoption, guardianship and kinship. Her clinical experience includes not only intensive in-home treatment but residential treatment. Liz brings a special insight and understanding surrounding the sibling bond to the treatment team. All of her specialty training is in trauma including trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma art narrative therapy and EMDR. She and her mini horse “Tate” are embarking on the exciting world of equine therapy. She was recently certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. She is the co-founder of “Leap of Faith” a non-profit equine therapy group for foster/adoptive youth and children with sensory integration disorders.                                        

Some of Liz’s favorite memories from Lincoln Lutheran include:  “I loved my time in many of the extra-curricular activities! I loved going to speech meets all over the state; competing in music competitions with band and choir; late night play practice; drill team half time performances at games! There are too many fun memories to count!”

Her advice for current Lincoln Lutheran students: “Be yourself! Enjoy every minute of high school. I know that it gets tough at times. Those times don’t last. This is the last time in your life where you will have few responsibilities and you will have someone that will have your back. Real life gets much more difficult....and it is NOT CHEAP!! Be faithful, available and teachable! Those three things will take you a long way in this life!”

Liz lives with her little sister, Anna (LLHS ‘04) in Kansas City. Anna serves as a special education teacher at Raytown High School. They have two cats, Luther and Phoebe and Liz has a miniature horse, Tate. He lives at a barn where he is used in therapy.