Lirio graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering. She began her career with the FAA in the Los Angeles Aircraft Certification office (ACO) as a structures engineer working on Type Certification (TC) and Supplemental TC programs for large transport airplanes, small airplanes and rotorcraft programs. As the program manager for the Robinson model helicopters, she was also actively involved in continued airworthiness issues, including coordination and participation in NTSB accident investigations.
Prior to coming to the FAA Western Pacific Region, Lirio was the Special Technical Assistant to the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety. In this capacity, among other tasks, she provided extensive technical assistance on Congressional matters, including the review of legislation impacting Aviation Safety.
From 2004-2008, Lirio served as the FAA representative based in Paris France, where she had regional responsibility to address overarching policy issues for the FAA in 18 countries, including member countries of the European Union and North Africa. Prior to moving to France, Lirio worked in the Transport Airplane Directorate and was the Manager of the Seattle Aircraft Certification office, which has the responsibility for the Type Certification and Continued Operational Safety of the Boeing Aircraft Fleet and various Helicopter and General Aviation Type Certificates.
Lirio is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering honor Society and Sigma Gamma Tau, the National Honor Society in Aerospace engineering. She is married to Guillaume Chapotte, and has 2 sons and a granddaughter.