Mrs. Addie L. Hudson Lisby is a native of Macon, Georgia. She was born to the parentage of the Late Rev. Dr. Alvin L. Hudson and Mrs. Barbara J. Hudson. She received her elementary and secondary education in the Ma-con-Bibb County Public School System. She received her Bachelors of Sci-ence in Nursing (BSN) from Brenau College for Women in Gainesville, Georgia in 1986. In 2006, Mrs. Lisby received her Faith Community Nurse Practitioner Certification from Tennessee Wesleyan College utilizing the In-ternational Parish Nurse Curriculum.
After completing her nursing degree, she worked as a hospital staff nurse, charge nurse, and nursing supervisor at the Athens Regional Hospital of Athens Georgia for nine years.
Mrs. Lisby relocated to Knoxville, TN where she worked in the Knox Coun-ty Public School System as School Nurse. During her tenure in Knoxville, TN she became a member of the Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church in 1995, where she served as the Director of Christian Education, and after receiving a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to study health disparity in Knoxville through the local church, she became the director of the CHRIS Project/Parish Nurse Ministry. After leaving the pub-lic school system, she became employed at the Tennessee Conference Com-munity Development Corporation of the AME Zion Church where she was employed as the Senior Program Director over housing, health, and youth programs. This position allowed her to become a strong voice in the com-munity as well as on a state and national level regarding the health disparities and social injustices that plague people of color. While in this position, Mrs. Lisby was the recipient of the SAMSHA Grant for HIV Prevention and Edu-cation awarded by the United States Dept. of Health and Human Services: Chairperson for the National Church Week of Prayer for the City of Knox-ville 2005-2007: wrote and directed a Public Service Announcement for the FOX Network in Knoxville entitled “Getting on the Path to HIV Preven-tion”.
After marrying Mr. Michael Lisby, Mrs. Lisby relocated to Charlotte, NC and became an involved member of the Charlotte community by serving as the Network Development Specialist for the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education’s Consumer Health Resource Information Service (CHRIS) Program funded by the National Library of Medicine, and in 2009 she brought the CHRIS Expansion Program to the Charlotte area in 8 local churches with a $100,000 funding to the Charlotte community.
In 2009, Mrs. Lisby became employed at the Star of Zion as the Business Director/ Office Manager, where she was responsible for the day-to-day op-eration of the office. Under her direction, the Star began to operate financial-ly in the black from 2009 up to this present day. Mrs. Lisby states that her greatest accomplishment occurred on July 22, 2012, at the 49th Quadrennial General Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church, when she was elected the 17th Editor of the Star of Zion and with this election she became the first female to hold this position in the history of the A.M.E. Zion church.
Editor Lisby has increased the level of excellence for the Star by utilizing new and creative methods that produced tremendous resources that have greatly enhanced the official organ of our beloved Zion in this age of 21st century technology. Since her election, she has increased the readership of the Star 3 fold, as well as increasing subscriptions to 22 new subscription per month, launched the Star of Zion Facebook page, and thestarofzion.com, ( which was relaunched as soznews.org), a partial online edition of the news-paper; instituted 5 new sections to the Star of Zion; increased advertising sales by $37,000 and accrued over $1 million dollars during her first quad-rennial as the Editor of the Star of Zion; launched the WSOZ YouTube news channel, the Star of Zion App, Facebook and Twitter social media sites.
In 2016, during the 50th Quadrennial General Conference of the A.M.E. Zi-on Church, Editor Lisby was once again elevated by God to the office of Chief Communications Officer for the A.M.E. Zion Church, the first ever to hold the position.
She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalist, and a member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, a philanthropic organization that promotes funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Mrs. Lisby is the widow of the late Mr. Michael Lisby, and she is the proud mom to 3 adult children and 3 bubbling grandchildren.