Lisa Mantooth joins United Way staff
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Lisa Mantooth
Lisa Mantooth
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For the past 1 1/2 years, Lisa Mantooth has been helping area residents affected by the tornadoes of April 27, 2011, and March 2, 2012. Her work with the Bradley County Long-Term Recovery Organization was centered at her office in the United Way of Bradley County building on Ocoee Street.

Now, Mantooth will not only have an office at United Way, but will be a member of the nonprofit organization’s staff. On Jan. 1, Mantooth assumed the position of director of Partner Relations.

“We are bringing an experienced, well-thought of community leader to our team to provide support and technical assistance to our nonprofit partners,” said Matt Ryerson, United Way president and CEO.

Mantooth will be working directly with United Way’s member agencies, programs and special services.

“We’ve had the opportunity in our partnership with the LTRO to work closely with Lisa and have been so impressed with her commitment to this community,” Ryerson said.

He pointed out a unique aspect of Mantooth joining United Way is that she is a former director of a United Way program partner. For seven years, Mantooth served as the chapter executive of the Hiwassee Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“This gives her a unique perspective on the United Way partnerships and how we serve through these partners,” he said. “I believe this is a great benefit as she comes with a different view on our work.”

Along with her service with the American Red Cross and the LTRO, Mantooth also has experience with Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. She served as chief operations officer with that nonprofit organization for two years.

She also served as program coordinator for Family Friends and CPI’s Juvenile Court Grants programs from 1997 to 2000.

Her most recent work with the LTRO has been personally rewarding, Mantooth said.

“I feel honored to have served our community as case manager supervisor,” she said. “Every day has been a blessing for me to work with Bradley County families and assist them as they have and continue to recover.”

Working closely with United Way and other nonprofit partners through her LTRO work gave Ryerson a chance to see how she could become a productive fit for United Way as LTRO’s community role neared its close.

“Her work with the LTRO for the past 18 months allowed us a great opportunity to see first-hand, on a daily basis, her commitment to the citizens of Bradley County at their time of greatest need,” he said.

While she will have specific duties as director of Partner Relations, Mantooth will continue to work with the LTRO and tornado survivors through the early part of 2013.

“We still have three building projects in place, and I am continuing to serve as the case manager for the LTRO for these three open projects,” Mantooth said.

Mantooth’s background and upbringing has led her to commit herself to a life of community service.

“I’m adopted and my parents had foster children who they adopted as well, and my mom was always doing things for others,” she said. “I think that’s why I like to give back and help others too. I feel like from the moment I was born, God had a purpose for me to serve.”

Mantooth and her husband, Chris, reside in the Blue Springs community. They have two sons, Byron, an eighth-grade student at Lake Forest Middle School, and Spencer, a fifth-grade student at Black Fox Elementary. She is a lifelong resident of Bradley County, was educated in Bradley County and Cleveland City schools, earned her associates degree from Cleveland State Community College, continued her education through Tusculum College, and earned her masters in Business Administration degree from Regis University.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to continue to serve our community through the United Way,” she said. “My heart is here in Bradley County, and I have a passion for our partner agencies and the services they provide.”