Lisa Leal (2026)

Born in Pensacola, Lisa is a native Floridian; she spent most of her early years in the Panhandle. In the early 1980s her family moved to the Jacksonville area where she graduated from high school. She attended Florida State University earning Bachelor of Science degrees in both Marketing and Multinational Business Operations.

After several years in retail management, Lisa moved to Tampa in early 1993 to work for NationsBank (later Bank of America) where she was initially involved in branch management, and later in both local and state level marketing. When she left Bank of America in 2000 to become a full-time parent, she served as manager of the affluent market segment for the bank. When she returned to work in 2014 it was as a public school teacher; she currently teaches IB English at Alonso High School.

It was in 1993 that she and husband Stephen (a former junior warden of the vestry and current head usher for the parish) began attending St. John’s; both grew up in other denominations but found their home in the Episcopal church. They were confirmed and married at St. John’s in 1994 and baptized their son Grayson (who served St. John’s as an acolyte for seven years) in 2000. Soon after joining St. John’s Lisa became and remains a lay reader; she also currently serves as a chalice bearer for communion and participates in Altar Guild. Over the more than 30 years in the parish she has also served in the Meals Ministry, taught Sunday School (for pre-school and middle school aged children and as co-lead for adults in The Forum) and participated in the Women’s Mid-Morning Bible Study. She is committed to serving God and the parish in whatever ways she can and is honored to be on the Vestry.