United Way Fox Cities welcomes Lisa Severson

Thursday, June 20, 2019

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Contributor: Contributor: Lisa Severson, Community Development Program Officer at United Way Fox Cities

Get to know United Way Fox Cities’ newest staff member, Lisa Severson! Lisa will be taking over for Mary Wisnet, Community Development Program Officer, who is retiring this month after 18 years. We wish Mary a very happy retirement and Lisa all the best as she learns the ins-and-outs of how we invest in the most crucial challenges facing our community.

Q: Introduce us to your family.
Lisa: I have a husband, Jason and a 14 year old son, Sean. I have two dogs, Marci and Dexter.

Q: How long have you been in the Fox Cities?
Lisa: I was born in the Fox Cities and moved to a small town, Manawa, in Waupaca County when I was around 4 years old. I moved back to the Fox Cities during college and stayed in the Appleton/Kaukauna area ever since. I do own a coffee shop back in my home town, however!

Q: What do you like about working and living in the Fox Cities?
Lisa: I absolutely love living in the Fox Cities. I have traveled the state and surrounding states extensively in my previous employment, and while there are many wonderful places to live in Wisconsin, I have always felt this area to be the best place to raise a family. Big enough for many opportunities, yet small enough to have the “community” feel.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Lisa: “Spare time” is a hot commodity these days, but when there is a moment I do enjoy running and spending time with friends/family.

Q: What does your ideal weekend (or vacation) look like?
Lisa: My time spent in Guatemala, Central America is cherished and since I only get there about every other year, it is my ideal “vacation.” During the summer, every weekend is spent on the ball field watching my son and I wouldn’t change that for anything.  

Q: What is one item on your “bucket list”?
Lisa: Publish a book.

Q: What is a motto/mantra/quote that inspires you?
Lisa: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou -

Q: What parts of your career, education, and/or life do you feel best prepared you for this new role?
Lisa: I believe everything I have done over the last 20 years has prepared me to work at United Way. I’ve spent many years in human service and volunteer management, community development, social services, and donor management. I have built relationships all over the Fox Valley.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new role at United Way Fox Cities?
Lisa: Getting back into the community, reconnecting, developing more relationships, and learning about all the amazing work being done.

Q: What is your vision/hope for the future of the Fox Cities—how do you feel your new role can play a part in this future?
Lisa: There is so much momentum already established by United Way and partners in this area that I hope to complement the already great work being done with ideas, connections, and fostered relationships that I have established over the years.