Director of Operations, Doctors for Change
Leah has served as Director of Operations with Doctors For Change since April 2015. She completed her Masters in Public Health in August 2017 from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, where she focused on health promotion and behavioral sciences, as well as public health policy development and leadership. Leah also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
While spending two years teaching high school geometry in rural Mississippi as a Teach For America 2009 Corps Member, Leah witnessed her students and their families face many health-related challenges each day. The experience motivated her to pursue work with various nonprofit organizations, including Pedal the Cause, the Gateway Districts Office of the United Methodist Church, CHRISTUS Health Foundation Southeast Texas, and her current position.
As the Director of Operations with Doctors For Change, Leah works to change certain unacceptable realities in healthcare, including increasing access to care, combatting human trafficking, raising awareness and education of mental and behavioral health, and promoting healthy lifestyles.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A veterinarian! I absolutely loved animals, but soon realized I didn’t like the idea of treating them as much as having them as pets.
Which teacher had the greatest impact on you? Why?
My high school geometry teacher had the greatest impact on me, because he cared so much about his students’ education, and was so passionate about geometry! He made the subject come to life and completely relevant to the world around us.
What is your dream for Texas children?
I have hope for a future where ALL children, regardless of their family’s income level, residency status, or any other determinant, have equal access to a healthy life: a safe neighborhood to play in, a medical home to get check ups and immunizations, and nutritious food just around the corner.