Fayetteville native, Fayetteville State University (FSU) alumna, and national vice-president of The Links, Inc., Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, will serve as guest speaker for the 150th Founders Day on April 20, 2017. The event will be held at 2 p.m. in Seabrook Auditorium on the FSU campus. The public is invited.
Presiding over Founders’ Day will be FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson. Anderson is the 11th chief executive officer of FSU. A tribute will be made to the FSU Family of the Year. Immediately following, homage will be paid to the founders and E.E. Smith at the Founders Memorials.
A 1986 graduate of FSU, Leonard is the president and CEO of Envision Consulting, LLC, where she provides executive level solutions for public, private, and government entities including strategic planning, program design and implementation, and program/systems assessment and evaluation.
Leonard’s broad background in public health includes expertise in minority health and behavioral health programs, policies, and related legislation; with subject matter expertise in minority health, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, health disparities, health care reform, tribal issues, re-entry and criminal justice issues, international behavioral health, co-occurring mental health and trauma, and women’s and adolescent services. She has over 30 years of applied health, minority health, and behavioral medicine research, evaluation, and technical assistance and training experience specializing in health promotion and disease prevention.
Professionally, Leonard most recently served as the Deputy Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Dr. Leonard was responsible for the implementation and effective execution of CSAT’s organizational priorities, operational functions and policy principles. Leonard also served as the Senior Deputy Director of the Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration under the District of Columbia’s Department of Health. In this role, she was the Single State Authority for substance abuse services for the District of Columbia and planned, directed, regulated and monitored the quality of the District’s substance abuse treatment and prevention services. Prior to this appointment, Leonard held the position of Chief Operating Officer of DC’s Department of Health where she was responsible for providing leadership and oversight in all operational aspects in DOH.
Leonard earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology from Howard University and a Master of Science Degree from North Carolina Central University. Her education also includes completing a National Institutes of Minority Health pre-doctoral fellowship at George Washington University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences examining chronic disease and family systems, a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute post-doctoral fellowship at the Howard University Cancer Center, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics studying cardiovascular and cancer epidemiology, and completing the Graduate Summer Program in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She is the recipient of the 2005 National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) Alumni of the Year Award for Fayetteville State University where she received her undergraduate degree in psychology.
A member of The Links, Incorporated, Leonard currently serves as the National Vice President. She is the immediate past National Recording Secretary of The Links, Incorporated and has held positions at the chapter, area, and national levels.
Leonard is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and joined the organization through the Delta Alpha Chapter at FSU. She is the Vice President of Administration for The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. Board of Directors. She is a member of 15th Street Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C., and is an Elder in the Church. She is married to Stephen V. Leonard and they are the proud parents of two sons – Victor and Alexander.
FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has more than 6,100 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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