She is an old friend of Nate's from Seattle who he reconnects with when he and Brenda split up. She later falls pregnant with his child and eventually gives birth to a daughter that they name Maya before marrying. However, their marriage is a turbulent one as she continuously believes he harbors feelings for Brenda.
When Lisa goes missing, Nate is left to care for his daughter alone with the help of his family and later receives the grim news that her body has been found washed up on the beach. It is implied that she was murdered by her brother-in-law Hoyt, with whom she had been having an affair, but this is never confirmed.