Congratulations to Elizza LeJeune, LMSW, who recently accepted the position as co-chair of Pine Rest’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force. Elizza has worked as an outpatient clinical therapist in the Telehealth Clinic since March of 2018. She is the founder of the Pine Rest Diversity Collective, a group of mental health providers who provide identity affirming, culturally responsive care for those who are part of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community, that was established in August of 2020.
In addition to her work as an outpatient therapist, Elizza is an educator through the Employee and Church Assistance Programs at Pine Rest, providing presentations on various topics such as implicit bias, how to handle multicultural disagreements; as well as mental health and wellness. She has also served as an onsite consultant/therapist for these programs as well as a speaker alongside Dr. Mark Eastburg at sponsored DEI and mental health movie premieres.
“I’m excited to begin my role as DEI Task Force Co-Chair and advance my life long work within Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” says Elizza. “My goal in this position is to focus on long term sustainable change for DEI within the Pine Rest network in order to also transform our community. My hope and prayer is for Pine Rest providers and our medical system to be seen as leaders/change agents within equitable mental health care for decades to come.”
Elizza will join Jessica Kross, our Director of Quality, as a leader in this initiative. We look forward to the continued accomplishments they will provide for our patients and staff through their efforts.