Dr. Nancia Leath

Introducing Dr. Leath    Although she’s spread her wings and is now a Dr. in private practice as a mental health licensed therapist, she continues to fuel her passion for I.T.   In her words… “I will always  be that African American woman who wanted to build a computer, install the latest software, create a new app, develop a new website…..”   Discover more about Nancia below…

 I was introduced to computers in high school in 1990. I will never forget the day I walked into that classroom with those large, square screens and learning why I needed to save my documents on a floppy drive. I was like a sponge ready to learn and that class ended up being one of my favorites. I could not wait to drop my typewriter for a computer, because I knew I would save a lot of paper and whiteout my second year of college. I ended up gaining a BS degree in Family and Community Services, Minors Math and Science. It was so difficult to find a job that would pay my bills after graduating from undergrad with that degree. I had a lot of friends working for Microsoft Office, troubleshooting error messages and they helped me gain an interview. I got the job and went through five weeks of training to learn how to work on a help-desk teaching others how to use Microsoft Word. I was promoted within one year as a training and realized I really liked technology. I ended up leaving that job after being there for a few years and worked for Georgia Pacific in various roles. I was taught how to become a desktop technician or how to build computers, install software, and project management skills. I left Georgia Pacific after being there for a few years and went to SunTrust and worked on the Imaging Team. I created different software images, travel to different banks in Florida, install software, and setup networks. I earned different Microsoft certifications to help me become more marketable. My life changed so drastically in ways that prevented me from traveling so I left that job. I ended up working as a teacher. I taught Computer Technology skills to middle school students. I wanted to use my Family and Community Services degree, so I left the computer field only a few years. I was in career shock after finding out how much mental health services jobs paid compared to computer technicians. You honestly don’t need a degree to work in the computer filed but you ended up getting paid three times as much.  I decided to go back to school and now I have a PH. D.  Being a Doctor fresh out of school isn’t as lucrative as what I made in Technology, but I remain working in the mental health field because I have more of a passion for people compared to working solely on computers. I still create websites, taught myself how to create apps, fix computers (hardware and software), setup networks for small offices, and know different computer languages. I currently have my own private practice as a mental health licensed therapist.  I offer tele-mental health and work on a help-desk as a mental health provider for a Fortune 500 company. I honestly believe technology will be laced in everything within the next 5 to 10 years so no one should run from it. I’m happy I did not, because of my strengths in computers, I was able to train others in the mental health flied of the importance of tele-mental health or e-therapy at different conferences. I will always  be that African American woman who wanted to build a computer, install the latest software, create a new app, develop a new website, or explain the need for technology to those who what to hear it.  I see it as another miracle given to me to help change lives.