LeighanRinker 331Leighan Roberts Rinker, a native of Virginia, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She later earned M.Ed, Ed.S. and her doctorate degrees in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University. She received an honorary degree from Furman University.

A strong advocate for children, Leighan was a professor of education at Palm Beach Atlantic University, national presenter and author in the field of early childhood education and administration. She is the founder and chair of the board of Beginnings of Palm Beach County, chair of the National Accreditation Commission, and serves on the boards of the Association of Early Learning Leaders, Grand Bank & Trust of Florida, Furman University, Paradox Properties, D & L Foundation, and the Marshall E. Rinker Foundation.

Leighan and her husband David have lived in Palm Beach County for 39 years. They are the parents of four children and have 14 grandchildren.

Why I Serve:

  1. It is an opportunity to improve the lives of children…. or one child.
  2. I believe much is expected from those to whom much is given.
  3. It is a small way to be “Christ’s hands extended,” words that help guide my life.
  4. It is fulfilling and fun to be part of this mission with an incredible and inspirational group of people.
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