This month’s Employee Spotlight is Leigha Duval. Leigha has been with our office for nearly 5 years and is currently the director of MCDA’s Victim Services Department. Leigha works with victims of crime to ensure they understand what is going on with their case as it progresses through the criminal justice system. Before starting her career with our office, she was a Victim Advocate at Penelope House Family Violence Center for more than 10 years.  Her entire adult life has been spent serving crime victims in Mobile County. When she is not at the office the Mobile native loves spending time with her family and her two beautiful children June and Johnathan. 

 

 

What is your favorite or most rewarding thing about your job? 

 Each year the office hosts a Christmas Party for children in our community who have been affected by violent crimes.  It is a wonderful time for staff members to spend time with the people we serve.

 

What do you find stressful or challenging about your job? 

I often work with families during some of the hardest days of their lives. Sometimes I sit on the phone with a grieving mother and all I can do is cry with them because there is nothing I could ever do or say to bring them comfort.

 

How do you stay positive at work?

I have an amazing group of friends at work we all hold different positions in the office, so we each have a different perspective to offer.

 

What’s your favorite thing about living in Mobile or the gulf coast in general?  

The Beach is my happy place.  I have so many amazing memories of beach trips with my family when I was a little girl.  My grandfather taught me to dive for sand dollars in The Gulf, that is one of my favorite childhood memories. 

 

Has there been anyone in your life that has influenced you personally or professionally?

 Personally:  My mother and father are both incredibly hardworking people, through the years my Dad has taught me that anything worth doing is worth doing well and my Mother has taught me to always treat people the way I would want to be treated.  They have always encouraged me to do my best and empowered me to believe in myself.  Professionally: Martha Salter my supervisor at Penelope House.  She taught me so much about helping victims and standing up for people who can’t stand for themselves.  She also taught me that it’s never ok to be late!

 

What is the most important thing in your life? 

Faith, Family, and Friends.  My faith in my Savior Jesus Christ and my loving, supportive, friends and family have seen me through heartache and suffering.  Without these things, I would be a broken person that wouldn’t be much help to anyone.