What draws a person to work in the non-profit world is well illustrated in the long years of service Penny Leach has given to Louisville Visual Art Association. After several years in the private sector, Penny joined the organization in 1985, and her initial duties were restricted to accounting. Before long, she found her responsibilities expanding to include tasks as diverse as Development and Event Planning.
As Penny sees it, it would be difficult to imagine her previous employers being able to offer so much opportunity for personal growth and professional challenge. While with LVAA, in addition to the routine bookkeeping duties and payroll management, she also supervised the budgets for the expansion of physical facilities to include multiple locations, increases in educational programming, and various large-scale projects in collaboration with other local organizations. Professionally, it has been a busy but rewarding 24 years, while she also found time to be a mother to a sixteen-year-old daughter, and be active in her community and church.
While it may seem overwhelming to some, she feels the work has given her the chance to form numerous relationships with artists and professionals throughout the Louisville community. Penny well understands that it is in such connections that the true value of working in the world of non-profit visual art becomes clear, as she has formed friendships that she is certain will follow her through life.