LaKesha holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University, an M.A. from East Tennessee State University, and a B.S. from The University of Virginia – Wise. Prior to joining NCA, she was an Assistant Professor of Communication at Indiana State University, teaching courses in advanced research methods and health communication. She also spent several years as an instructor at George Mason University and has served as a grant writer and program director for multiple nonprofits in Virginia. LaKesha’s research on health, risk, and crisis communication has appeared in several journals and books, and she has received awards for both her research and university service.