LaKeesha N. Woods, PhD has years of experience in program development and evaluation, research, consultation, and clinical services in the areas of youth and family development, behavioral health, education, violence and delinquency prevention, risk behaviors, cross-cultural competence and culturally relevant interventions, and health disparities among diverse populations. Her relationship with Kenya Connect began when she attended the 15 Year Anniversary Gala in 2017. Personally and professionally, LaKeesha has a passion for supporting children and youth in fulfilling their potential and purpose. She is a research, evaluation, and intervention consultant on U.S. and international initiatives designed to bolster the health and well-being of under-served communities. LaKeesha has served on boards of nonprofit organizations that provide educational, employment, health, social, and support services and resources to children, underemployed individuals, and criminal justice-involved youth and adults. She also has served on missions teams in Kenya, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala, particularly helping to meet the needs of young people in their communities, churches, and schools. LaKeesha obtained her BS in Psychology from Howard University, MA in Psychology and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia, and completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.