Meet Lisa Ryan Candidate for 2021 SIPOA Board of Directors

Lisa Ryan

Making a great community even greater! I am running for a position on the SIPOA Board to commit my time, energy, and experience to the Island leadership team and staff as they continue efforts in making Seabrook Island a great place to live. My husband and I have owned a home here since 2008 starting on Bridle Trail in the Village at Seabrook and now living on Eagles Nest Court with an abutting green space, undeveloped lot. We have two children and a baby granddaughter.

Two years ago, I retired as Chief Information Officer in the High-Tech business sector. My approach to business, including a SIPOA Board role, is to be:

  • A trusted and attentive business partner by listening to my peers (Board members) and customers (property owners) to understand what is important to them and to be accountable and communicate to them with transparency.
  • A strategic leader by actively participating in the development of clear plans addressing the agreed priorities of the community based on facts and our vision statement. The plan must have dates, metrics, understandable objectives and a progress review and reporting mechanism.
  • A change agent to keep Seabrook Island in the lead as one of the best places to live and vacation. Infrastructure naturally ages, the ocean waters are rising, the next generation always expects more, and status quo is the enemy of innovation. SIPOA will always need to ask, ‘what’s next?’.

My experience as a volunteer includes:

  • Swim Committee Member at Nashawtuc Country Club in MA:  financial, staff, pool activities, and infrastructure oversight.
  • On the Board of Trustees at Sauta Farm (condominium community) in MA: budget performance, vendor management, owner satisfaction, and infrastructure management (private streets, building exteriors, private sewage, club house management and common area maintenance).
  • Pre-pandemic I had signed up for Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House volunteer work in Charleston.
  • Mentoring College of Charleston students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields to prepare them for the working world.

As a CIO I was responsible for the technology infrastructure of factories and office buildings. The workforce, like Seabrook Island residents and renters, relied on always available, fundamental services such as building security, web sites, and business systems for order taking, manufacturing, invoicing, etc. I identified opportunities for improvement, convinced my stakeholders to investment, set a plan, and delivered. My strengths are in conflict management, recommending and delivering change, fiscal responsibility, and a collaborative leadership style.

I would like to be on the Board of Directors because I am confident I can partner with other Board members and property owners to achieve the improvement outcomes in the Vision, Mission, and SIPOA Comprehensive Plan using my skills and experiences from my 35 year career in leading people, solving big hairy problems, and managing technology services and infrastructure. I desire to make Seabrook Island a better place to live, improve our property values and ensure Seabrook Island is a desirable community for new homeowners by ensuring SIPOA oversees both today’s challenges and tomorrow’s needs.

-Submitted by the SIPOA Nominating Committee


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