Leah was born and raised in Blacksburg, VA. She’s an Appalachian baby with a soft spot for southern accents and bluegrass. An equally important place in her youth was Eastbrook, ME, where she spent her summers in a very rustic cabin on a pond, listening to loons. Leah credits her family for encouraging her to follow her heart instead of the crowd, and to trust her intuition. She got her undergraduate degree in Theatre and Spanish from Virginia Tech, spending two of those semesters in Switzerland and Ecuador. After graduating she worked across the US, teaching environmental science to middle schoolers. She went on to get her Master’s in Ecology, researching endangered birds (Chimney Swifts), at Trent University.
Leah always seems to be tumbling from one interest to the next, but her love for inspiring and empowering teens doesn't waver. Following grad school she led teen volunteer programs in Peru as the International Director for Global Leadership Adventures, and she later co-founded GoBe, a nonprofit for teens in Kenya, with her brother Jonny. She truly believes each young person has inherent power and gifts. She strives to nurture self-love in others, and to listen with an open heart.
If you really knew me, you would know…
- I love to dance- it awakens the part of me that can’t express itself with words. Especially latin dancing.
- I always look for the silver lining.
- I’m inspired by gentleness, compassion, integrity, and fortitude.
- Just thinking of my family brings me to tears, simply because my love for them is so big.
- I’m an unusual blend of vegan and roadkill taxidermist. My favorite project to date was a magnificent Barred Owl.
- I live to challenge myself. Whether it’s learning how to wake board, how to silk-screen, or how to speak a new language, I always have projects I’m working on.
- My now-boyfriend is also my best friend of 20 years, who I first wooed by chattering nonstop in 7th grade typing class.