After beginning her career at Emory University, Ms. Leonard had progressive advancement in higher education consulting, five years with the national accounting firm KPMG and two years at her own consulting firm. Ms. Leonard earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from The University of Alabama in 1983 and her MBA from The University of Mississippi in 1992. She was awarded the Juris Doctor degree from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1995. Currently, she is a practicing attorney in Rockford, with a passion for families, education, and juveniles. Her practice focuses on probate, property, and juvenile matters. As a former Alabama Assistant Attorney General for her county’s Human Resources Department, she handled child support and protective services matters. She serves as general counsel for her church and advisor to other non-profit organizations in her area. Ms. Leonard is a member of Protective Life Corporation Board of Directors. Formerly, she served on the Lake Martin Area United Way Board and the Governor’s Task Force to Strengthen Alabama Families. She is a Leadership Alabama Alumna. She is very active in her local church and district association teaching Sunday school to high school students; serving on finance, banking, and building committees; and serving as district youth director and teacher for the Congress of Christian Education.
Ms. Leonard’s additional training includes: Terry College of Business, University of Georgia and National Association of Corporate Directors Director’s College; Harvard University’s Executive Education Program: Audit Committee in a New Era of Governance; and PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Financial Services Audit Committee Forums.