Valerie Canty holds the title of wife, mother and Nurse Manager of a busy Outpatient Physicians Practice at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and have been doing Rehabilitation Nursing for 32 years, and she loves every bit of it. Prior to, she was in Medical Surgical/Oncology Nursing at a Veterans Administration Hospital in the area. My current role is managing Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, working with Radiology Technicians and providers, and have clinical oversight of clinics in six locations including three Interventional Spine Center Suites in three locations: Chevy Chase MD, McLean, VA, and Washington, DC, with clinic locations at Georgetown University Hospital, Leisureworld in Montgomery County, MD, and Olney, MD.


She currently resides in Silver Spring Maryland, yet she works in Washington, D.C. and other areas in our Metropolitan area. She’s been married for over 31 years and have an incredible relationship. Through her union she’s been blessed with two awesome children, a son with a Military career after graduating college and a daughter having her MBA and living a great life not far from us in Washington, D.C., who is engaged. Valerie’s hobbies include traveling, reading, cooking, and exercise.


She’s extremely passionate about assisting our youth in equipping themselves for various challenges that lie ahead in life and gaining tools for navigating the maze towards maturity. While she feels this process is not easy, yet very rewarding. Valerie quotes, “I love what I do and feel honored and privileged to serve our community.”

Leland Brown has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University where his concentration was Wireless Technology and Digital Power Supply. He currently holds the position of Technology Development Director for Intel Federal, the technology enabling organization and interface of Intel Corp for United States Government (USG) solutions where he’s moved up the ranks by showing his full potential. He’s had the privilege of working at United States Department of Defense-US Army Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM), Sprint PCS in the Philadelphia MTA, MetroPCS-Philadelphia and Verizon Wireless-Philadelphia. He built his experience through providing technical direction and support on key initiatives, managing the design for the Philadelphia CDMA Design Group to ensure continuity of the CDMA-EVDO network architecture as we combined the former Nextel and Sprint wireless network infrastructure assets, contributed to the US Northeast build plan and expansion as a Philadelphia Network Performance Lead and Point of Contact for the CDMA and LTE Network for performance metrics, optimization and network capacity management and adopted a “frame of concept” transformation in the approach to network design from a Macro cell tower centric methodology to a distributed access (DAS, Small Cell, in-building) multiple frequency and cell densification architecture to prepare Verizon’s network for future data traffic usage and modular build requirements.


When Leland isn’t working, he is the father three amazing children, two boys and one girl. He found interest in LADIDeclare after believing in its mission and vision due to being a a single parent and adopting the idea it takes a village to raise a child. He sees the youth as our future and desires to assist in anyway he can to bring his gifts in talents to support the youth.


Cathy Washington is a people oriented person and enjoys working in human services. She hold s BA in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology; both are from Temple University. She has over 35 years of experience in behavioral health management, case management, professional clinical and therapeutic management, as well as community relations and customer service.


Family is extremely important to Cathy as well as her professional prowess. Cathy is known for being responsible, insightful, intelligent and experienced in the behavioral health profession. She has excelled in the areas of strategic and consultative planning, administration, technical acumen, leadership, group facilitation, and productive team and relationship building.She has exhibited skill and adaptability when overseeing or working on project implementation, also being part of the team that opened the first dual diagnosis inpatient rehab at NPHS here in Philadelphia. It was a success and is still in operation today. She has fundamentals with the treatment of dual diagnosis, substance use, acute psychiatry, children’s and adolescents and elderly services, and intellectual disabilities.


Cathy’s known to work well under pressure and she’s energetic and ambitious individual who approaches work with an exemplary work ethic. Currently, Cathy works with Peer Culture at the Department of Behavioral Health in Philadelphia with the Peer Culture and Community Inclusion Unit. She coordinates and monitors the Certified Peer Specialist trainings for the Recovery Community, while administering Mental Health First Aid, and Narcan Trainings.


She prides herself with helping people in every area of her life, with compassion and patience while continuously striving to utilize her knowledge and skills acquired throughout her professional career while at the same time giving back to the community.

Lisa Young is an experienced behavioral health professional with over 20 years experience in the field. Her experience ranges from direct service (clinical and non-clinical modalities); servicing those individuals with both addiction and mental health challenges, to more administrative (non-direct) service; engaging in management and supervision practices, program development, and evaluation to enhance systems of care within Philadelphia and surrounding Counties.