Meridian is excited to announce the promotion of Leah Vail to Vice President of Forensic Services.
With 18 years’ experience in mental health and criminal justice, Leah’s career includes a dedication to decriminalizing mental illness locally, state-wid e and nationally. She joined Meridian in 2005 as a forensics specialist, and was promoted to Forensic Program Director in 2007. In her new role, she will oversee all forensics programs including the Criminal Justice Mental Health Substance Abuse Grant, Comprehensive Offender Reentry Programs and related state-funded forensic programs and services covering Meridian’s 10-county area Leah holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in social gerontology from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in psychology from National Louis University. Additionally, she is also completing a Master of Business Administration at St. Leo University, with an anticipated graduation of spring 2017. A nationally-recognized expert, Leah is a prolific national and international speaker on a wide range of mental health and criminal justice topics. Additionally, she is the recipient of several prestigious awards, and was named Administrator-Supervisor of the Year by the Florida Council for Community Mental Health in 2015.
Leah serves on numerous community and professional boards and chairs the Gainesville Empowerment Homeless Center Citizen’s Advisory Board. Meridian honored to have her as part of our dynamic senior leadership team!