Barbara Leanse, CAVS
Director, Volunteer Services, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California

For the past 30 years Barbara Leanse has utilized her background in social work to develop and enhance the use of volunteers throughout Los Angeles. Barbara’s worked in such areas as Hospice, Oncology Social Work, Infectious Disease support, Pediatrics, and Outreach Community Programs. 

Barbara served as President for Southern California Association of Directors of Volunteer Services, has served on the national board for the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals and is currently the Chair Designate, Directors Coordinating Council for California Association of Hospitals and Health Services.

As the Director of Volunteers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Barbara has been able to create a number of innovative and diverse programs. Her department boasts over 2,000 volunteers that serve in over 66 different programs. These programs, over her 25 year tenure, have become an integral part of every aspect of emotional support at the Medical Center for patients, families and staff.