Tish Stropes is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Fisher House Foundation. Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans' families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. At Fisher House, Tish is responsible for the Hero Programs which help keep families connected during the healing process. These programs include Hero Miles, which use donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members, and Hotels for Heroes, that redeems donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers when a Fisher House is not available.
Additionally, Tish is responsible for Fisher House's involvement and sponsorship of the Warrior Games and Invictus Games. These international sporting competitions showcase the resilient spirit of today's wounded, injured, and ill service members and veterans. Finally, her portfolio includes developing and sustaining long-term partnerships with organizations that support the mission and vision of Fisher House.
Tish graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Political Science and International Affairs. She went on to earn a Master of Science, and also received her teaching certification. Prior Washington DC employment included working with the White House and the Department of State. As an Air Force spouse, Tish taught at the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Japan. In addition to Japan, Tish and her family have lived in Australia, California, Florida, Alabama, Minnesota and Virginia.
Tish, along with her recently retired Air Force husband, two teenage children and Chocolate Lab now live in Arlington, Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, and can often be seen rink side watching her kids play hockey.