Our Story

Operation Surprise Attack was born from my love for children. Soon after my nephew was born with spina bifida, I saw a news report about a little boy in Michigan who received thousands of cards and gifts from all over the world.  He passed away right before Christmas and his entire community got involved to make his last days his very best days. 

This act of pure kindness touched my heart in a way that was never expected. Now that I had a nephew who was facing many hospital visits, tests, surgeries and therapy, I decided to make sure that children like him would be encouraged to never give up in their fight.  

— Lisa Fulton | Founder, President

Meet Our Board

Lisa Fulton

Founder & President

Lisa, a graduate of Victory Bible Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has dedicated her life to making a positive impact on children. Her journey began by working in orphanages in Guatemala and the Philippines.

Upon returning to the United States, Lisa embarked on a remarkable 20-year career as a Professional Nanny. During this time, she founded Operation Surprise Attack, initially a Facebook group that has since evolved into a nonprofit 501c3 organization. This incredible initiative provides crucial support to numerous families each year.

Lisa’s inspiration stems from her love for her nephew, who was born with Spina Bifida, and a local news story featuring a boy with cancer who wished for cards from around the world.

Lisa’s unwavering commitment ensures that children facing severe or rare health challenges discover strength and inspiration in the face of adversity.

Dr. Davina Jones

Vice President

Dr. Davina Jones is the Provost of Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus in Wesley Chapel, Florida, Special Assistant to the President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and board member for Advent Hospital Wesley Chapel. She is a 27-year veteran college professor in Communication Studies and the former Program Director for the Master of Arts in Media & Communications at Adler University in Chicago, Illinois.

She is a proud graduate of both Bethune-Cookman University and Bowling Green State University, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Jones is a native of Tampa, FL, and is a proud second mommy to her great niece, and a dedicated Auntie to her many other nieces and nephews.

Kevin Strayer

Kevin Strayer


Kevin Strayer is the Internal Audit Manager at Directions Credit Union. He is a Certified Internal Auditor, (CIA), and has a Bachelor degree of Business Accounting from the University of Toledo. Kevin volunteers for many events that Directions Credit Union does in the community and has been a long time Board Member of Bethel Assembly of God in Perrysburg currently volunteering as a financial consultant assisting in the financial management and reporting for the church.

Kevin also volunteers his time at 2 local theatre groups with his wife Tanya of 30+ years. They have 3 adult children and are currently raising their nephew who is 12.

Terry Crosby

Community Outreach Coordinator

Terrance “Terry” Crosby, a Toledo native and former NBA player, is not just a local sports legend but a philanthropist. Achieving All-Ohio honors in football and basketball, Terry’s 17-year pro basketball career spanned countries with record-breaking performances. Beyond sports, he actively participates in civic engagement, notably as the Community Ambassador for the Taylor Automotive Family.

Terry’s impact extends to community and youth work. As a board member and Community Outreach Coordinator for Operation Surprise Attack, he continues to develop our relationships with the many schools in Toledo and channels his passion for philanthropy into making a positive impact on our community.

Melissa Lewicz

Events Coordinator

Melissa plays an active role in Operation Surprise Attack’s card campaigns and fundraising events. She serves as the liaison between the schools and organizations that provide cards and donations to the children that OSA sponsors. Melissa loves seeing the joy on their faces when they receive their cards and realize how much community support they have as they fight to overcome adversity.
Melissa has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Bowling Green State University. She previously served as a founding board member of another local 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing support and therapy grants to children with invisible disabilities.
Melissa and her husband have four children. When she isn’t working on a card campaign, Melissa enjoys reading, watching the Buckeyes, and spending time with her family and friends.

Our Mission

Operation Surprise Attack unites with compassionate individuals, local communities and dedicated corporate partners to extend heartfelt well-wishes through cards and gifts to children who are bravely battling severe or rare health challenges. Our mission is to inspire and provide encouragement and support on their journey to improved health.

15 Years of Joy

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