Lesa Christianson has filled a number of roles within the Child Advocacy Board since coming to the agency in 1999. She has been a FCRB Facilitator for 6 Boards, was a Local CASA Program Coordinator for 8 years, and has delivered the FCRB and CASA Pre-Service training for over 15 years. Lesa is currently ICAB's State Training Program Manager and Central Iowa's Regional Lead Trainer. She graduated from Iowa State University with her Bachelor of Science and continued her support of the Cyclones by continuing there for her graduate degree in the Master of Counseling Education. She previously worked as a mental health and substance abuse therapist delivering individual and family therapy before entering the field of child welfare.
Lesa has been passionate about helping others since entering the social work field in 1990. She came to child welfare work with her passion to serve and help others and improve the system as it supports and advocates for children and families. She continues to seek opportunities to share with others the multitude of ways that we all play a role in improving the lives of one another, creating a ‘better tomorrow’ in our individual communities and society. As a lifelong learner herself, Lesa is committed to facilitating the growth of the ICAB Training Program and building a resilient organization. While expanding ICAB’s Learning and Development Program, Lesa’s goal of advancing the competencies of volunteers and staff to increase the positive impact on the lives of Iowa's children and families through advocacy efforts remains a motivating factor for Lesa’s training leadership.