Florida Keys Area President
Leah Stockton served as the President/CEO for United Way of the Florida Keys beginning in November 2017, before being named as Keys Area President for United Way of Collier and the Keys in April 2020 with the official merger between the two organizations.
During her initial time with United Way, which began just two months following Hurricane Irma, her focus was largely on coordinating relief efforts; raising and disbursing over $1.7 million for recovery work throughout Monroe County from 2017-2020. With the support of the United Way network, the local community and supporters, she led the organization in case management and grant making to assist thousands of Monroe County residents. Mrs. Stockton also had an active role in the Monroe County Long-Term Recovery Group, serving as Chair of the Funding and Allocations Committee.
Under Ms. Stockton’s leadership, the United Way of the Florida Keys' Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Program doubled the number of residents assisted from 2017 to 2018 and again from 2019 to 2020, helping hundreds or residents and utilizing over 30 volunteers.
Before joining the United Way, she worked for the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, serving as Program Coordinator and Community Liaison for seven years. In this role, she became passionate about helping the children and families of Monroe County and this has carried over to her work with United Way as well.
During her time at the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, she led the Monroe County Children’s Group, an organic collaboration among medical professionals, social service agencies and other stakeholders seeking to increase the health and well-being of children in the Keys. She also implemented a county-wide child safety program that has become recognized as a critical resource for local families and founded a parent support group program that has expanded to more than 5 locations.
Previously Mrs. Stockton worked in management roles within the local hospitality industry and has lived in Key West for 15 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berry College in Rome, Georgia with a dual degree in Journalism and Public Relations, minoring in Sociology.
Rebecca completed her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership in 2012, completing the work begun during her 2 years as a traditional student earlier in life, at Goshen College in Indiana. She has filled administrative roles in a wide variety of settings including private higher education, manufacturing, small business and other local non-profits.
Zehr and her husband moved to Key West in 2013, after years of Midwest living. She is excited about serving the Keys community's working families at United Way.