Leigh-Ann Williams, MS, MPH
Leigh-Ann is a lifelong resident of the greater New Orleans area. Her educational background includes a B.S. in toxicology from Univ. of Louisiana Monroe, a M.S. in toxicology from the Univ. of Florida, and a Master of Public Health from LSU Health Sciences Center New. She is the program coordinator for the federal 340B drug pricing program at West Jefferson Medical Center. She is a patient ambassador for the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) She is also a certified Kidney Health Coach and an ambassador with the American Kidney Fund. Leigh-Ann’s journey with kidney disease began in September of 2012 while away at college when she was diagnosed with acute kidney failure and FSGS. After being transported to medical facilities in her hometown, it was suspected that she also had lupus. Leigh-Ann continued to be seen routinely by a local nephrologist and in 2014 was officially diagnosed with lupus. In April 2016, one month before she was set graduate from college, Leigh-Ann was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease and began dialysis immediately. Leigh-Ann graduated less than a month later and moved home where she did dialysis in-center for a little over a year. During the 16 months she was in-center, Leigh-Ann was elected and served as the international 3rd vice president of her sorority and did dialysis at a total of 19 different clinics due to travel! With her hectic travel schedule, when the clinic had patients come in to talk about different modalities, Leigh-An was overjoyed to hear that she would have even more flexibility for travel and less dietary and fluid intake restrictions on home dialysis. Leigh-Ann knew this was the best treatment option for her. Leigh-Ann began training for home hemodialysis in August 2017, and in September she completed her first treatment at home. As someone who has not allowed kidney disease to control her life, Leigh-Ann adopted the mantra, “These kidneys won’t hold me back!” It is a declaration that despite her disease, she will still live her life to the fullest. Leigh-Ann’s hope as an Ambassador is to continue the work she has been doing with her foundation, The LeighWilli Foundation, to Advocate, Educate, Encourage, and Empower people with kidney disease. Leigh-Ann is an avid public speaker and motivator and is involved in several social, civic, and service organizations. In her limited spare time, Leigh-Ann loves to travel, go to the movies, spend time with family, and meet new people.