Board Member Highlight | Cathy Swanson

Board Member Highlight

An interview with Cathy Swanson - CEO, Freedom Bank

 

St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation welcomes its most recent Board Member, Cathy Swanson.  With more than 30 years of banking experience, Swanson is the CEO of Freedom Bank in St. Petersburg, Florida.  

"Welcome to my home... away from home," said Swanson of her office during an interview with the Foundation.  "If I am not at home or somewhere snuggling my first-born granddaughter - you'll likely find me here."

Swanson has lived in St. Petersburg for 37 years and absolutely loves what she does.  In addition to St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation, Swanson is currently a Board Member of the American Stage Theatre and previously was on the St. Petersburg Free Clinic Board. She also belongs on a committee for the Tampa Bay Rays called "Clutch Hitters."  Swanson enjoys singing with an a cappella group, Chorus Angelorum, and with the Praise Team at First Presbyterian Church.

An interview with Cathy Swanson - CEO, Freedom Bank

Q. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ON THE FOUNDATION BOARD AND ARE THERE ANY ROLES THAT YOU'VE HELD?

A. I am brand new to St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation! I was voted in as a Board Member in October of 2016.  After hearing more about the subcommittees, I think the grant committee or the finance committee would both be a nice fit.

Q. HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO PUT YOUR EFFORTS INTO ST. ANTHONY'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION?

A. For starters, I've been exposed to Foundation events previously and I also know other Board Members who thoroughly enjoy their membership. I knew St. Anthony's was right for me to devote my efforts toward because of the emotional ties I have.  Both of my wonderful daughters were born at St. Anthony's.  Also, with age I have realized the importance of health care and I have always viewed St. Anthony's as the top quality health care provider in this area.  Through my involvement with the Foundation, I will do whatever I can to help promote the Hospital and benefit our community.

Q. WHAT IS THE MOST SATISFYING PART OF BEING A BOARD MEMBER?

A. As you know, I am fairly new so I am just getting started!  I was delighted when the news came that I would be welcomed to sit on the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation Board.

Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC ADVICE TO THE FUTURE LEADERS OF PHILANTHROPY?

A.  Give what you can!  No matter what that is - whether it be your time or a monetary gift. If you can get people to start small where they are and they believe in the cause they are supporting, the giving of time and money will build on each other and the person will be that much more involved and dedicated. 



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