Each quarter we highlight an LCRC Staff Member. This quarter, get to know Leona Ulrich!
What is your title at LCRC? Program Director for Crime Victims Services
What does that entail? I provide leadership, coordination and supervision of the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and General Crime programming. Advocates work primarily with crime victims and their families but also do community outreach on issues involving domestic and sexual violence awareness and prevention.
How long have you been with LCRC? 10 ½ years—since August of 2004
What is the most rewarding part of your job? Knowing that I have made a positive difference in someone’s life, even if it is to “plant a seed” for healthy change.
What is the most challenging part of your job? To not let negative thinking interfere with the work that I do. It is easy to get jaded and it takes a constant effort to maintain a healthy attitude when dealing with challenging situations such as with families in crisis.
What is your background? I have a BA in Psychology. Prior to working at LCRC, I worked for 3 ½ years with the Listening Ear Crisis Center in Otter Tail County as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate.
What is your dream vacation? Anyplace in the Caribbean on a warm, quiet, sandy beach.
What is your favorite food? No real favorites, but I love seafood.
Who is the most influential person(s) in your life? My parents.
What brought you to LCRC? I had worked previously as a sexual violence victim advocate for 3+ years in Otter Tail County and really enjoyed the work. I felt like I was finally able to use my skills in a meaningful and positive way. I saw that LCRC had an opening for a domestic violence victim advocate and after applying and being offered the job, I accepted. As they say, I have been here ever since!
What is your favorite movie? I have several - Rain Man, The Birdcage, Moulin Rouge.
Do you have a favorite childhood memory? Playing outdoor yard games with the neighborhood children. Some of the games we would play were: Kick the Can, Red and Green, Red Rover and Freeze Tag.