Year of Graduation: 2012
Degree Program: B.S., Health Studies
Current Job Title: Program & Resource Coordinator
Employer: Boys & Girls Club of the Perham Area
Location: Perham, MN
About Our Alum
Leona graduated from Monmouth University in 2012 with a B.S. in Health Studies. After completing her senior internship with a recreational day program and working for a year at a school for children with autism, she knew that her passion was to work with individuals with disabilities. She went on to earn a MS in Adapted Physical Activity from Slippery Rock University. Since then, she has held several positions in the field of adaptive health and recreation on the east coast.
In 2015, she relocated to central Minnesota, where she worked as Program Director for Get FIT Minnesota, a national program that seeks to improve the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities through fitness, nutrition, and recreation. Currently, she is a Program & Resource Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of the Perham Area and a grant writer for the Confidence Learning Center. In her free time, Leona enjoys all of the outdoor activities that Minnesota has to offer.
Dr. Hirschler said, “I fondly recall Leona riding her bike around campus, the wonderful friendship she shares with MU alum Jewell Huffman, and the important role Leona played as the first Peer Learning Assistant in the ‘Animals’ First Year Seminar I teach. In the video provided, Leona and Jewell describe the impact ‘Health in Developing Countries’ had on them and what they did for their ‘Taking Action’ project.”