Leann is the Executive Administrator of Meridian Services’ Case Management Department. Her main responsibility is to ensure the organization is providing the highest quality services to those individuals and families Meridian serves and that it is done within the budgetary guidelines that have been established by the counties. Leann is currently a member of the Zenith Services and Meridian Services Boards. Leann is also a member of the following professional organizations/committees:
Region 10 Board Delegate for the Minnesota Social Service Association; National Association of Social Workers; Medica Advisory Committee for Minnesota Senior Care Programs; Pinnacle Services, Inc. Human Rights Committee; DHS Committee ~ Seniors and People with Disabilities in Managed Care; Hennepin County Council on DD Employment and DT&H Services.
Leann attended Mankato State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a minor in psychology. In addition she has a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management at Concordia University, Saint Paul.
Leann was employed at the Saint Peter Regional Treatment Center during high school and college. After college Leann worked at an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded where she served as Unit Director for twelve individuals with severe to profound developmental disabilities and high medical needs. She feels this experience gave her a greater appreciation for the services that Meridian Services provides. Leann believes the individual care and attention that Meridian Services’ consumers receive makes a tremendous difference in their ability to be independent and access the community in the most effective and normalized way. She began her work at Meridian Services as a Program Manager. Leann was promoted to Program Director, Program Administrator and subsequently to the position of Executive Administrator. Over the years Leann has been involved with almost all of the organization’s projects and programs.
Leann lives in Maple Grove with her daughter Sophie, and son Elliot. She is devoted to spending time with her family and has a passion for the outdoors. Leann enjoys bike riding, walking/hiking, gardening and volunteering. She feels that one of her greatest achievements was twice completing the Minnesota to Chicago AIDS Ride, now called the Red Ribbon Ride.
Leann’s philosophy about working in the field of developmental disabilities is to provide the highest quality services to individuals and their families. She believes that services need to be provided in creative ways in order to help to keep those we serve in the community as long as it is possible and appropriate. Leann firmly believes that Meridian Services provides such services, and she is greatly honored to be a part of the organization’s team. Leann’s passion in working for Meridian Services includes having been able to have many different careers within one agency. Meridian Services is on the cutting edge of many new ventures and there is always room and encouragement to expand one’s interests within the agency to serve both current clients and the community at large. Leann is also passionate about volunteering within her own community and other communities within the state and county. Headwaters Relief Organization offers a way to do this. She truly appreciates the fact that volunteerism is now a part of the fabric of who we are as a company.