A Lakeland resident since 1988, Bissonnette holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. He previously worked for the City of Lakeland, where he was Assistant Director of the Community Development Department. After volunteering as a VISTE Board member for six years, Steve has served as VISTE’s President since 2015.
His professional career spans several areas of expertise, with experience in urban planning, public administration, and non-profit management.
Lisa Marquette is VISTE’s first Development Director and joined the staff in 2019. She works primarily with individual donors to advance VISTE’s mission. Prior to coming to VISTE, Lisa’s Development experience was in higher education fundraising for Bucknell University in PA, where she facilitated support through outright and deferred planned gifts.
Dorothy began working at VISTE in 2019 as a Development Assistant. She works closely with the Development Director and President, assisting with fundraising, grants, social media, and the newsletter.
Dilsey joined the VISTE team in 2017. She provides administrative support for the President and assists with Board meetings and related activities. As the main Receptionist at the front desk, Dilsey is also a key frontline staff member.
Kelsey joined the VISTE team in August 2020 as a Communications Intern. She assists with a variety of projects, including social media, website updates, and photography.
Patricia Wright began working for VISTE in 2017 as Food Distribution Coordinator and now serves as Program Director, overseeing all aspects of VISTE’s program operations. Patricia has considerable nonprofit experience and retired from a 20-year career in education. She holds graduate degrees in Educational Leadership and Non-Profit Management.
Volunteer and Events Manager
Client Services Coordinator
Tess began as a volunteer and intern for VISTE prior to joining the staff as Transportation Coordinator in 2014. She has worked in multiple departments since then, and currently serves as Client Services Coordinator. She assists with all aspects of client intake, including initial contact, information collection, coordinating with staff in other VISTE departments, making home visits as needed, and maintaining client records.
Supplemental Groceries Coordinator
Dee joined VISTE in 2019 as Supplemental Groceries Coordinator. Prior to becoming a VISTE staff member, Dee volunteered for VISTE for more than 15 years, delivering hot meals and supplemental groceries. In her current position she coordinates 100+ volunteers to provide supplemental food to some of our most at-risk seniors.
Hot Meals Coordinator
Tucker began with VISTE in 2017 as a volunteer and joined the staff as Warehouse Coordinator in 2018. He can frequently be seen driving a forklift, moving pallets of donated food and other supplies in the warehouse. He also performs or coordinates repairs and upgrades to the facility.
Client Transport Drivers
Rodney began with VISTE in 2017 as a Transportation Driver and in 2018 was promoted to Transportation Manager. He processes numerous calls from VISTE clients every day, with the help of a part-time staff member and volunteer support. He also manages and oversees the schedules of 8 full-time and 1 part-time VISTE Transportation Drivers.
Donna initially worked for VISTE as a Transportation Driver for two years and later served as a VISTE volunteer. In 2020 she began working as a part-time Transportation Assistant, providing important support for the Transportation Manager.