Joann Leatherby has a passion for academia and has been a supporter of Chapman University for decades, including being an active Board of Trustees member since 1994. Currently she chairs the Advancement Committee and the 2012 American Celebration, Chapman’s signature and important fundraising gala. She has played a key role providing comprehensive vision for Chapman’s future including spearheading the campaign to build Leatherby Libraries and in creating the Chapman Plan, which has led to increased institutional support for improved undergraduate and graduate programs. Also a supporter of disadvantaged children, as a representative of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and an arts supporter of South Coast Repertory Theatre, Pacific Symphony and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Leatherby has had a wide-ranging impact on the Orange County community. Joann also co-founded Casa de Amma, a unique apartment community fostering growth and independence in adults with special needs.