Meet Dianna Leazer
February 1, 2013
As Outreach Coordinator, Dianna's job is to give presentations and spread the word about Neighbor Works and its mission. Their goal is to help people of moderate means stay in their houses, creating a safe and sustainable home. They feel that home ownership is the key to our economy. Right now they are focusing on energy efficiency. If people have high heating bills, it is difficult for them to pay their mortgage. They have a new program for Bennington called The Heat Squad. Previously it was only available in Rutland County. With a 4.5 point million grant, they retrofit one thousand homes in Rutland.
Neighborhood Works has many different programs such as pre-purchase education, post-purchase education and other types of programs offering financial management advice. Many of their services are free. Those that are not are income sensitive.
Dianna was born and raised in Bennington. Her mother was a single parent who worked hard to keep the children fed and clothed. Dianna has four sisters and a brother. She was the first person in her family to go to college. She
went to Lyndon State College and got her degree in Human Services.
She first worked in Albany with the chronically mentally ill and adolescents as well as homeless individuals. She lived in Bennington and commuted to Albany. When she felt she couldn't do social work anymore, she went to Castleton College and got her Masters in Education, K-6. She discovered that teaching wasn't much different than social work. She then worked in banking, as a consumer and mortgage lender, working at First Vermont Band and Bank North.
Dianna loves to garden and is engaged to Rick Carroll, a builder. She is a member of many professional organizations and is looking forward to working in Rotary.
Author: Sally Sugarman (Club Member & Windmill Editor)
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