Tocqueville New Member Spotlight – Lisa Slattery

A native Floridian who was born in Brevard County, Lisa Slattery’s connection to the Bay Area started at a young age with wonderful childhood memories of coming to Tampa to visit her grandmother.  We’re thrilled to now welcome her back to Tampa and we’re pleased to introduce Lisa as one of the newest members of our Tocqueville Family.

A graduate of North Carolina State University, Lisa earned degrees in both biochemistry and chemistry, and went on to acquire her physical therapy degree at the University of Florida.  

After a career that includes twelve years practicing physical therapy and specializing in wound and burn care, she’s spent the last twenty years working to improve health care quality and has held executive positions with various health systems and health insurance companies, including Health First in Brevard and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.  

She currently serves as the VP of Operations for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) – a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality that accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations with the goal of providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.  In her role with NCQA, Lisa is responsible for ensuring consumer protections through oversight of health plan accreditation and patient-centered medical home recognition across the nation.

She first lived in Tampa five years ago and “fell in love with the small-town feel coupled with big city amenities.”  Though she works in Washington DC, she and fiancé Gerry Thistle maintain their home in south Tampa.  She loves to hike, travel, read and spend time with her family which includes two daughters: Meagan, a violinist at La Scala in Milan, Italy and Katie who will graduate next month from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Lisa has a passion for initiatives that bring generations together and with her extensive career in the health care sector, she has a strong interest in alternative health models that improve the well-being of communities.  She’s also a major supporter of Big Dreamers School, a bilingual school in Honduras, along with various intergenerational and environmental NGOs. While each of these causes focus on issues that are important to Lisa, it’s her support of United Way that illustrates how directly seeing the impact of an organization’s work can have lasting effect on our philanthropic choices.

When asked why she supports United Way, Lisa shared her story – drawn from personal experience.  

“Many years ago, I worked for an organization whose leadership was highly committed to United Way.  As the campaign was underway, I learned that someone on my staff had once relied on United Way for survival.  Her husband had left her with three children and no funds.

She was young – and through United Way, she was able to not only get short-term support to feed and clothe her children, she also was able to go to college part-time to advance her education so she could better support her family in the future.  

I researched the ratings of United Way and was so impressed.  I loved that the dollars stay local and that you have the option to earmark funds if you have something you are passionate about.  I learned from my staff member’s experience that life is unpredictable and any of us could find ourselves in need at some time in our lives.

That was the year I committed to giving a minimum of ten percent of my income to United Way.  As my salary grew, that commitment has allowed for greater contribution … and I’m filled with gratitude each time I give.”

We’re pleased to welcome Lisa as a new member of the United Way Suncoast Tocqueville Society and we’re so grateful for her support.