Leah joined LARS’ team in 2011, serving as Director of Homeless & Emergency Services until 2012, when she was promoted to the position of Deputy Director. During this time she gained a real understanding of the needs of the Laurel community and a drive to ensure that LARS is meeting those needs. In May 2015, Leah was appointed by the Board of Directors to the position of Executive Director. Having overseen the daily operation of LARS’ Crisis Center, Leah had the right perspective to bring LARS’ vision to life. She has heard the stories and struggles of LARS’ clients, and these first-hand experiences remain at the heart of her leadership.
Leah is a 2011 graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she received her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Management and Community Organizing and a specialization in Social Action and Community Development. Leah is a Licensed Masters Social Worker. Prior to obtaining her Master’s degree, from 2006 – 2009 she managed statewide client programs and advocacy efforts for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter. In 2005, after graduating from Providence College with an undergraduate degree in American Studies, she moved to Baltimore to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Greater Homewood Community Corporation (now Strong City Baltimore). As Medfield Heights Elementary School’s School-Community Partnership Coordinator, she developed and strengthened relationships with community partners, businesses, and local colleges in order to bring resources and funding to the school.
Leah and her husband reside in Severna Park with their two children, and loveable English Bulldog, Rosie.