Lisa Loyacano Keiffer[1] is a contestant from Survivor: Vanuatu.

A member of Yasur, Lisa was initially one of the members of the younger alliance, despite her age. However, after her alliance fell into the minority, she quickly defected to the majority group. After a tribe swap, Lisa accidentally let slip to Ami Cusack that she might be targeting her. Now seen as disloyal, Ami convinced her tribe to remove Lisa from the game.


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Lisa Keiffer was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She considers herself a true Cajun, thanks to the French influence of her mother, who grew up on the Louisiana bayou.

Keiffer attended Louisiana State University for three years, where she was an LSU cheerleader for both football and basketball. She was a member of the Homecoming Court for two consecutive years and was elected Alpha Tau Omega's "Mardi Gras Queen." She participated in the 1981 National Collegiate Cheerleading Championship and cheered at the 1981 NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament in Philadelphia. She then went on to finish college at Loyola University in New Orleans where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.

Keiffer was employed for 10 years as a pharmaceutical sales representative. She enjoys tennis, antique shopping, cooking and homemade soap making. She has also acted in community theater and directed dramas at her church, Trinity Evangelical Free, for the past ten years.

Born-again Christians, Keiffer and her husband, Thomas, currently live outside New Orleans on the "Northshore" in Mandeville, Louisiana, along with five of their six children (Nate, 22; Callie, 14, and Rachel, 13 (Keiffer's stepdaughters); TK, 8; Charley, 7; and Nicholas, 5). They also have a goat (Waddles), a dog (Murray) and a miniature donkey (Dexter). Keiffer's birth date is May 3, 1960.[2]


As a member of the all-female Yasur tribe, Lisa found herself siding with the younger women in a tribal division based on age. At their first Tribal Council on Day 6, Lisa voted for Leann Slaby with the rest of her alliance, but the older members of the tribe blindsided Dolly Neely who refused to commit to either alliance and was considered a swing-vote.

Lisa was in a comfortable position at the time of Yasur's second Tribal Council and the clash between young and old played out once more. Although Lisa reassured her alliance that she would vote with them again, she instead defected to older women, voting off her former ally Mia Galeotalanza; who was blamed for disturbing the peace around camp. On Day 11, the two tribes were swapped, with Yasur gaining Travis Sampson and Rory Freeman. At the women's first opportunity, they used their numbers advantage to vote off Travis after he was caught communicating with his old tribe-mates at the Immunity Challenge.

Yasur went on to lose a second consecutive Immunity Challenge on Day 15 and were sent to Tribal Council once again. Rory remained as the last man on Yasur and was fighting hard to keep himself in the game, pushing every button he could to "find a crack" in the women's alliance. Luckily for him, Ami Cusack flexed her alliance-controlling muscle as she picked up on a loose line from Lisa. Ami and Lisa were going to gather food and Lisa wanted Ami to show her where it was "just in case" something were to happen to her. Ami picked up on Lisa's slip and arranged her removal from the game, eliminating her 4-2.

Voting History

Lisa's Voting History
Episode Lisa's
Voted Against
1 Yasur Tribe Immune
2 Leann -
3 Mia -
4 Yasur Tribe Immune
5 Travis -
6 Rory Ami, Eliza,
Leann, Rory
Voted Out, Day 15


  • In 2008, Lisa appeared as a contestant on The Price Is Right. She won a Jeep Wrangler, hockey equipment and $230 cash.[3]
  • On January 9, 2010, Lisa attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party along with all of her Vanuatu cast mates.


  • Lisa is the first contestant to not be picked in a Tribe Switch and given the option of choosing either tribe.


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