Human Resources Coordinator
College: Indian River State College
Major: Youth and Family Psychology
Grad School: Johnson & Wales University
College Sport (if any): None in College WHS Varsity Tennis
Hometown: Waltham, MA
Current Home: East Boston
Favorite Athlete: Lebron James
I was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Shortly thereafter, I flew to Queens, NY where I connected with my paternal side of the family. Growing up, I faced the challenges of assimilating to my new life in America and the culture my parents wanted to hold on to. Events that occurred during this time in my life, led me to discover my passion for helping disadvantaged youth and families in the inner city. After graduating from Waltham High in 2005, I pursued an undergrad degree in Youth and Family Psychology. While both my parents had a strong impact on my life, my father was most influential. He is an eclectic, self-taught artist, and entrepreneur. He taught me some tough lessons about going against the grain and never giving up on your dreams. Although we lived a good life, I watched them both struggle to secure employment due to the language barrier, they either didn’t comprehend their benefits package or couldn’t grasp the full scope of their jobs. I began my career in HR and pursued an advanced degree in HR Management so I could help others like my parents. Today, I live in East Boston with my two boys and our dog Ava.
When asked the question, “Why Team IMPACT?” Leila said: The mission resonates well with me. In late adulthood, I was diagnosed with a rare genetic neuropathy. Physical tasks were a challenge growing up but that didn’t stop me from playing sports, learning to ride my bike, taking dance classes or being on the step team. I felt most proud being part of a team, especially the tennis team in HS. Tennis helped me to discover my strength and be resilient despite the task.