LeAnn is the Programs Director for Midwest Assistance Program, Inc. (MAP) and has worked in the industry of water, wastewater, solid waste, finance, and management for thirty years. She is responsible for managing and providing program implementation to MAP's funding grants and contracts. LeAnn is responsible for identifying funding opportunities, meeting program reporting requirements, managing advocacy efforts, and maintaining relationships with federal and state agencies, partners, and community leaders. LeAnn also previously served as the State Field Manager and Regional Field Manager for MAP providing oversight and supervision of Project Managers to ensure completion of project deliverables and provide assistance to rural community systems.
LeAnn has been working with water, wastewater and solid waste since 1993 where she started billing, collecting and processing utility payments for a large utility and served as a part-time municipal Finance Officer for her small community. This experience lead to overseeing a $3 million annual city budget, interim City Administrator role and oversite responsibilities of 50+ employees and is now sharing her experience with communities, tribes and associations within the midwest with MAP. She continues to grow her education and is a certified Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) technical advisor, experienced in providing guidance and training to both staff and councils, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Computerized Information Systems from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.
While working with MAP, she has assisted communities to apply for funding, trained boards, councils, and financial staff, wrote RFQ/RFP’s, conducted Vulnerability Assessments and wrote Emergency Response Plans, drinking water Site Sample Plans, conducted and wrote Environmental Reviews, documented drinking water operations & Maintenance Plans, conducted ADA Accessibility Assessments, SRF Capacity Reviews and followed-up with training for identified weaknesses.