Donor Spotlight: S. Lisa Hayes

Montefiore Nyack has greatly benefited from S. Lisa Hayes’ generosity, volunteerism and talent for more than a decade. A local resident of Upper Grandview, Lisa wanted to give back and make a difference in her community, where she has lived for more than 25 years. She was introduced in 2011, to then Nyack Hospital, by Mark Jacobs, Montefiore Nyack Foundation’s current Board Chair. Lisa served on the Hospital Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2017 and was also a member of the Foundation Board from 2014 to 2017.

Lisa studied Journalism at the University of Florida and Law at Emory Law School, but became interested in financial planning after investing profits from her own cleaning business she started while in college to pay back her student loans. That was the spark that led her to establish Creative Financial Planning. Located in Baxter Hall on South Broadway in South Nyack, Lisa and her team have helped thousands become financially viable. “If you have a dream, we have a plan,” is Creative Financial Planning’s slogan. Since 1985, Lisa and her team have been helping busy individuals, successful business owners, and growing families keep their finances on track, so that they can focus on achieving their personal and professional goals. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough,” Lisa said. “I am a sharer by nature and this has truly afforded me so many incredible opportunities throughout my career and life. I feel very fortunate to be able to give back to the Hospital and other local charities.”
The Hospital and Baxter Hall both celebrated milestone anniversaries this year. Built in 1871, Baxter Hall celebrated 150 years in the community. This historical building that now houses Creative Financial Planning, was home to both the Universalist and Christian Science faiths. Lisa purchased the building in 2001 and refurbished it while preserving many of the original architectural church fixtures. Baxter Hall is named after Lisa’s Havanese who was adopted by Lisa in 2009 and one of her most important clients. You can follow Baxter’s travels on Instagram @BaxterMeansBusiness.

Creative Financial Planning celebrated Montefiore Nyack’s 125th Anniversary this year in a big way, as the event’s exclusive Cocktail Reception Sponsor. Having dedicated many years serving on the Hospital’s Boards, Lisa was happy to be part of such a historic occasion.

Throughout her career, Lisa has served on many nonprofit boards including New City Rotary, Jawonio Foundation and Center for Safety & Change. During her board membership at Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Lisa used her community voice to introduce the Hospital Foundation to new friends and had the most esteemed opportunity to serve on the search committee who hired Dr. Mark Geller as the Hospital’s CEO in 2015. We are grateful to Lisa for her continued support of the Hospital. She has been an integral part of Montefiore Nyack’s history and continues to play an integral role in ensuring our successful future.