Meet LT COL Lisette Bonano
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Dr. Lisette Bonano is running for Florida State House, District 67. Her courage, strength, and resilience come from a life growing up in a deep-rooted military family. Her patriotism is as solid as her dedication to serve the people. Lisette was raised and graduates high school in Frankfurt, Germany. Her decorated military career began by following in the footsteps of her father who inspired Lisette along with her five siblings and her eldest son to join forces and represent our U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and our U.S. Marine Corps. Throughout her life, Lisette was not only able to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, a Masters degree in International Relations, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, but also ascended to Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.
Lisette was an ROTC graduate in 1981. Lisette’s military training led her through many areas of expertise such as Human Resources (Personnel), Civil Affairs, psychological operations (PSYOPS), Inspector General (IG), and Intelligence. She was deployed to Iraq while on active duty. After Lisette retired as an U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel in 2010, she was deployed as a contractor to Afghanistan, serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on U.S. Military Inspector General (IG) matters. She also trained and led the Afghan National Army (ANA) Inspector General team in Gardez (FOB Lightning), from 2010-2011.
Lisette’s military and childhood experiences instilled in her the vast ways in which to serve, hear, and lead diverse groups of people. As the former Joint Staff, Pentagon, Human Rights officer she learned how to deeply value and celebrate people from all walks of life. She is ready to use these experiences and tenacity to serve the people of Hillsborough County and she vows to listen to their requests and activate their voices.