Leslie Stone - Stone Strategies
Leslie S. Stone is the founder, owner and operator of Stone Strategies, LLC. Stone Strategies is a consulting firm offering services including facilitation, planning, evaluation and training. These services are currently being applied with clients working in the areas of economic development, community development, mental health, faith-based family support, entrepreneurship, child abuse and neglect prevention, and state and city government, among others.
Leslie worked for West Virginia’s Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families from 1994 to 2005. She served as Senior Specialist for Coordination and Community Support. In this role she provided technical assistance to WV’s Family Resource Networks (FRNs), which are county-level, cross-discipline service coordinating bodies. The work involved partnering with local communities for meeting facilitation, resource identification, problem-solving, training, community leadership development, and building the involvement of parents, local community members and service providers in decision-making about their communities. Leslie also worked to promote local-state partnerships and state-level, cross-agency efforts to improve services to children and families. She has provided facilitation, meeting planning and staff support to the Governor’s Citizens Advisory Council, the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, WV’s System of Care Collaborative and other state-level groups focused on systems reform. She has worked with the West Virginia Legislature, community groups and senior state officials in policy development.
Before working in the Governor’s office, Leslie was employed by several private, non-profit agencies serving children in and at-risk of out-of-home placement and their families. Her work included training, graduate level teaching curriculum development, behavioral interventions, parent education, foster parent certification, program management, and resource development and linkage.
Leslie has a background in education. She taught in and developed a pilot classroom for elementary students in gifted education programming with Montgomery County Schools in Kentucky for three years. Leslie was employed with Jackson County Schools working with children with behavior disorders in grades K-12, and their families in rural West Virginia for six years.
Leslie holds a Master of the Arts in Education from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. She has post secondary certifications in Behavior Disorders from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and Mathematics Education Research from the Mathematics Consortium for Applications and Problem Solving at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education specializing in elementary and Kindergarten from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.
Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. (WDAC), Butler County Human Services: Drug and Alcohol Programs (Butler D&A), Butler Health System (BHS)/The Recovery Project, and Collective Impact, LLC, are working to implement the Community Design Innovations model to build a recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC) in Washington and Butler counties that embraces the holistic health of individuals and focuses on empowerment and wellness.
Collective Impact worked with Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Wells Fargo in planning and facilitation of the Building Bridges Collaborative conference. Assisted 7 regional affordable housing and community development collaboratives in team building and assessing their needs and identifying priority strategies to address those needs.
"Bruce -- I have to tell you that having you facilitate the planning process was probably the best decision CHRIC made in tackling such a huge undertaking -- and accomplishing so much in a very short period of time. My hats off to you and your company for providing such a good service -- and you have the perfect personality for it as well!" ~ Stephanie Kiyak, Councilwoman, City of Dunkirk, New York
With grant funding support provided by JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Collective Impact is working with CommunityWorks in West Virginia to develop affordable housing solutions as part of a larger effort to help families and communities prosper. Using our signature model called Community Design Innovations
, the project is helping rural West Virginia communities design affordable housing strategies that compliment overall community development in their areas.
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