Leadership and Advisors

Lisa Gifford

Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Lisa Gifford, Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Lisa has had a profound impact on developing Alliance as a company. She led the launch and expansion of the company’s flagship software, Aware, by creating personal relationships within the VR community. Today, the Aware software is used by over 60 rehabilitation service providers across the nation. Lisa started at Alliance in 1982 as an administrative assistant and progressed into the company’s President and CEO in 1995. Lisa’s education includes undergraduate studies in Language Arts.

Lisa enjoys walking on trails and tries to walk on local trails when she travels to meet customers. Lisa’s goal is to walk on trails in every state and territory in the US. 

Dr. Lee Cousineau DC


Dr. Lee Cousineau, Founder

Lee has been a member of the Board of Directors for Alliance Enterprises since 1981. Lee has over 35 years of experience in consulting with business and government organizations, as well as extensive training in adult learning theory, systems theory, learning organizations, and in facilitating organizational change. Lee holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and is Board Certified in Applied Kinesiology.

Lee loves Corvettes and has been driving them ever since the newer models have allowed for his height.

Rick Gifford

Chief Technology Officer, Founder

Rick Gifford, Founder

Rick’s experience spans over 40 years, specializing in software development processes, accessibility, software languages, and application of technologies. Rick has played an integral part in creating and directing the development of Alliance technologies, including Aware Enterprise, Aware Express, Interface Manager and MyObjectives. Rick oversees the creative direction for future applications and services. He is passionate about helping people relate to technology. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Rick is an avid bicyclist, motorcycle rider, and the company’s self-proclaimed Chief Geek.

Karen Dunn

Chief Operating Officer

Karen Dunn, Chief Operations Officer

Karen brings more than 20 years of experience in vocational rehabilitation to Alliance. She has been with Alliance since 2015, with her previous 10 years in an executive role for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Karen is knowledgeable of federal and state laws governing vocational rehabilitation. Karen has a background in program evaluation, fiscal management, creative problem solving, and project management.

Karen moved to the Pacific Northwest to enjoy her love of being near the mountains and the ocean.

Kara Frey

Director of Client Services

Kara Frey, Director of Client Services

Kara brings over 18 years of managing and enhancing customer relationships to Alliance. She has a significant background in leading teams to build and maintain great client relationships and deliver quality service.  Kara is responsible for day-to-day client services including account management, project management, customer support, quality assurance, and training.

Kara enjoys camping, knitting, and spending time with family and friends.