Chief Executive Officer
Leah, a native Memphian, comes to Memphis Heritage (MHI) with over two decades of non-profit experience. Previous to joining MHI, Leah was the VP of Membership Development at Girl Scouts Heart of the South.
After graduating from Lausanne Collegiate School and Drake University in Iowa, Leah moved to Chicago where she began a long career both in Development roles at Fairygodmother Foundation and Ida Crown Jewish Academy as well as Preservation– working on restoration and capital improvement projects (with Lieberman Management) on buildings such as the original Playboy Mansion, Edgewater Beach Hotel, and many others throughout Chicago. From working with Unions, Developers, Boards and Management Teams, Leah was able to make sure a compromise could be found and most importantly, the skyline of Chicago is preserved.
In Memphis Leah has been a part, on staff, or as a volunteer; Germantown Community Theater, The Women’s Exchange of Memphis, The Junior League of Memphis and Girl Scouts Heart of the South where she is a proud troop leader to her daughter Anna. Leah lives in Midtown with her husband Shim, Anna and a couple of chickens too.
Chief Development Officer
June was born in Memphis, TN and grew up on a farm in Proctor, AR. Beginning with the second grade, she attended Lausanne School in Memphis and graduated in 1969. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, June spent more than 20 years working in the field of gerontology. She served as the Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Day Services and later opened Memphis’ first assisted living facility, Kirby Oaks Guest Home. She later served as Vice President of Development for American Senior Development Company establishing Senior Housing programs in the Southeastern United States.
As Executive Director of Memphis Heritage (2002-2020), June oversaw the donation of Howard Hall from Mr. Hal B. Howard, Jr., now MHI’s headquarters and historic preservation center. June spearheaded efforts to preserve the Wm. Ellis Building, the TN Brewery, Overton Square, the Rowland Darnell Mansion (aka 19th Century Club), the Chisca Hotel and other historic sites. Working with Chick-fil-A, June also assisted in saving the facade of the Cumberland Presbyterian Archives Building on Union Ave.
June took over the new role of Chief Development Officer in 2021 and is developing the New Century Awards Program. June has also created Memphis Heritage’s New Century Sustainability Fund. Money raised will ensure that Memphis Heritage continues their educational and advocacy work for future generations.
Leah started early in Memphis non-profits as a Junior Board Member at the Germantown Community Theatre in 2016, then moved onto staff in 2018. Since then, she has been on staff or volunteered at other local non-profit theatres as well as Girl Scouts Heart of the South.
A graduate of The University of Mississippi, Leah received her B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in Business Administration. She has a demonstrative background in accounting bookkeeping, media design, and musical theatre.
A multi-style trained dancer, Leah has spent time choreographing and teaching professionally at the Germantown Community Theatre, The Historic Ruffin Theatre, Playhouse on the Square, Miss Leah’s School of Dance, and Ridgeway High School. As a recent resident of Midtown, Leah loves exploring local restaurants and hidden gems.