Meet Dan & Lissy

santillane wedding meet the ownersWarm and engaging people, Lissy and Dan relocated from Alexandria and City of Roanoke to the Santillane in the fall of 2003. Dan was looking for respite from the hectic and harried lifestyle of DC, and Lissy dreamed of running a special events and wedding venue one day.  It seemed like a natural fit for them since they both loved cooking for and entertaining friends and guests.

Dan grew up in Detroit, Michigan and Lissy in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Both highly devoted to their careers with education, Dan went to Alexandria to become CEO of National Association for Partners in Education (NAPE) where their paths would cross and met Lissy, a fun-loving vivacious PR executive for Roanoke City Public Schools.   As fate would have it, a long distance friendship developed and eventual romance formed.

In Alexandria, Dan worked for a not-for-profit organization, developing school volunteer, intergenerational, community service, and business partnership programs throughout the United States and Europe. It was the only national membership organization devoted solely to providing leadership in the field of education partnership development.

Lissy romance story of Roanoke Valley started at Hollins College (University) and Virginia Tech where she would begin to immerse herself deep within local community. After 31 years of work with Roanoke City Public Schools as Public Relations Coordinator, Lissy retired. During that time, she developed an award-winning volunteer partnership program. In addition, Lissy was the Public Information Officer and in charge of recognition events. Today, Lissy still involved in local community boards, church, and spends her down time with their two golden retrievers and five children.

Dan finally made the move to Roanoke after for a number of years commuting from Alexandria to Roanoke to be with Lissy and immediately started developing deep roots within the community. Dan currently serves as President of Council of Community Services in Roanoke, Virginia.

Lissy and Dan finally married in 2000, in Roanoke, Virginia.  Since then they have become avid historians, who love the rich history of Virginia.  Their passion for history brought them together for their biggest project yet, restoring Santillane to all her glory which had been vacant for ten years.  They are thrilled to be a part of National Historic Registrar and are sure to provide you with warm Southern hospitality.  We invite you to come and experience it for yourself.