Meet Mariah Leonard

Why do you do this Anti-Violence work?
Everybody deserves to feel safe and I want to help ensure that. So many survivors are silenced or feel they do not have a voice. This needs to change. I am so grateful that I have been given the opportunity to be in this position where I am the one to pick up the phone and talk with people who just need a listening ear and someone who cares. I could not ask for a better position to be in for myself.

What would you like to learn your first year on your new job? 
I want to learn various ways to assist survivors and how to better help them by educating myself about other agencies and get involved. I would like to take more training on different topics and learn everything I can. I feel like this job will give me so much that I can hold onto for life.

If you were a vegetable what would you be? Why?
A pumpkin because it is used in so many things and is loved by just about everyone. Pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks is the perfect combination on a fall day.

What is the latest book you have read and would you recommend it?
Left to Tell. I would highly recommend this book. It is written by a woman describing how she survived and somehow kept her strength while in hiding during the genocide in Rwanda.

What are the 3 things you love about Virginia?
1) There are some pretty great restaurants here. Shyndigz for one has the best dessert, specifically their chocolate peanut butter cake!
2) I am close to the mountains and the beach.
3) I love history and Virginia is full of it.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
“How Did that Happen?: Trying to Figure Out How I Got Where I Am”

185620_10150161686131495_6825047_nWhat is the most incredible view you’ve ever seen?
Standing on a mountain top overlooking Syria is the most beautiful and treasured view I have. I have seen many things, but it is definitely my favorite.

Lastly, what excites you most about your new job at the Action Alliance? 
The people here are fantastic and supportive, the environment is welcoming, and I get to spend my time listening to people who are taking a huge step and reaching out for help. I think I have the best job.

Mariah Lenoard is Crisis Hotline Specialist at the Statewide Hotline through the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. They work part time with Goochland Parks and Recreation and volunteers with Comfort Zone Camp and Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services. Mariah loves to read, watch Netflix, and workout. 

Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline – 1 (800) 838-8238 | 24/7
Confidential chat  … Text (804) 793-9999
LGBTQ+ Partner Abuse & Sexual Assault Helpline – 1 (866) 356-6998

Joining the Action Alliance adds your voice to making change in Virginia. Start your membership today or call 804.377.0335. 

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