by Haya Luftig
August 21, 2017
Leslie Anderson is the Social Action Committee Chair at Temple Kehillat Chaim in Roswell, GA, where she has been active in supporting the Temple’s goals of eradicating hunger and homelessness in her community. Leslie has been active at TKC since her youngest daughter started preschool there in 2011, but joined the Board of Trustees two year ago and is starting another two-year term. As the Social Action Committee Chair, Leslie represents TKC at the Atlanta JCRC meetings and is a member of FLAG (Faith Leaders for Access in Georgia), an interfaith healthcare expansion advocacy group. She has a long history of community service that has included being a co-chair for the Gannett Corporation’s volunteer and community service board, being a volunteer and supervisor for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children, and serving as a mentor and leader for various afterschool activities for at-risk children for many years.
Professionally, Leslie earned her BA in Journalism in 1993 at Arizona State University, then moved to Arlington, Virginia, to work at Gannett/USA Today. While there, she decided to pursue a MA in Psychology at Argosy University. Since 1999, Leslie has largely worked in community-based mental health at residential settings for court-referred youth or with populations with severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. She has worked in New York, Virginia and Atlanta and currently does psychological assessments and reports primary for immigration cases and immigrant youth. She is also the co-owner of A Mindful Child, a holistic wellness program for children and families with an emphasis on underserved populations. She is married with four children.