TOP 25 WOMEN IN BUSINESS: Lisa Monahan Gatto

Lisa Monahan-Gatto trusts that God has a plan for everyone.

"I try to remember that each day, especially when things are not going well," she said. "My faith has guided me through many challenging times in my life."

As the chief executive officer at Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates (NERA), PC, Scranton, where she has been employed for more than 20 years, she oversees all the operations and program development for the practice. NERA is an independent physician practice where doctors are board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational medicine and sub-specialties for many.

When Gatto began with NERA, there were less than 40 employees. Now, nearly 150 people are employed in three locations. A full range of services are offered to help patients recover from or manage their symptoms, including physician services, acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic care and physical therapy. In addition, a pain psychologist has joined the team.

In the community, Gatto is a eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, the children's liturgy coordinator and has developed the Captain Martin Patrick Monahan Scholarship Fund, in honor of her cousin, which is fully funded and supported by his parents and Gatto's family. This scholarship is given to an eighth-grade student of St. Mary of Mount Carmel School who demonstrates a devotion to service. She supports Ryan's Run, the Jamie Kotula Foundation, Pink and Blue Day and Jog for Jude.

This past year has been a transition for the businesswoman since her youngest child graduated from high school. Having three children who are graduates of the Catholic school system, she has been actively involved the past 20 years with the PTG Board at St. Mary of Mount Carmel School, and served for eight years as board vice-president, and on the cheerleading and football parents association at Holy Cross High School. She was the secretary-treasurer for the football parent's association. She is currently conducting some soul searching to find her next personal challenge as far as community involvement is concerned.

Gatto graduated from Marywood University with a bachelor degree in health services administration. She secured a position at Allied Services as their community liaison, before accepting a position at Blue Cross of NEPA as manager in the provider relations department, prior to her current position at NERA.

"I love my position with NERA because it is challenging. Each day is different because I oversee the operations of the entire company. One minute I might be meeting with our physicians on the development of a new program, and the next minute I am recruiting a new practitioner to join our practice," she explained.

Her greatest mentors are her parents, John and Judy Monahan.

"They instilled a strong work ethic in me and an accountability to my commitments," she said. "They taught me that hard work was what was expected if you wanted success."

Her husband, Dave, and children are her greatest supporters. Her husband is a true partner and her biggest cheerleader, while her three children, Alayna 26, Eric 24, and Jacob, 19, are her greatest accomplishments in life.

"They all make me proud each and every day," she said.

She is a member of the Medical Group Management Association, Pennsylvania Medical Society, American Academy of Professional Coders and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is also a graduate of Leadership Lackawanna.

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