Rev Leslie Burke Bio

Rev. Leslie Burke RN, MPH, J.D, M.Div. Co-Pastor

Rev. Leslie Burke RN, MPH, J.D. M.Div. Co-Pastor

Rev. Leslie Burke, RN, MPH, J.D., M.Div.

Caring and concern for people has always been a driving force behind Rev. Leslie’s push for excellence.

Rev. Leslie has long had a concern for increasing the visibility, awareness and marketability of the nursing profession. After completing her undergraduate degree in nursing and psychology she began her career with a variety of positions in the Los Angeles County Health Department, including, Public Health Nurse and Program Manager. She returned to UCLA earning a Masters Degree in Health Administration. After completing Law school earning a Jurist Doctor Degree, Rev. Leslie was employed with Kaiser Permanente as a Nurse Manager and QI Risk Manager.

In 1987 Rev. Burke was recruited as the Executive Director of Visiting Nursing Home Services, Inc. one of the largest Home Care agencies in the country and was responsible for setting-up and implementing the first county-wide home care program for AIDS patients.

Starting in 1992, she served as the Executive Director of the Carl Bean AIDS Care Center. The center was a 25-bed hospice setting, which offered 24-hour skilled nursing care. Concurrently she served as the Administrative Director of Nursing for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Rev. Burke served as the Vice President of Operations for Watts Health Foundation; a Federally Funded Comprehensive Healthcare Center serving over 2,500 patients per month including five community based social programs.

Most recently Rev. Burke has served in top management for both Home Health and Hospice agencies.

Rev. Burke has served as a board member of the Los Angeles Health Services Planning Council for two years, also as the Co-Chair of the AIDS Regional Board of LA County for one year.

Rev. Leslie’s activism and leadership with healthcare issues began early in her career and has continued to date as she provides health services consultation. Rev. Burke previously held the office of president and currently serves as board secretary of the Minority AIDS Project.

Rev. Leslie has provided Consultation on HIV/AIDS care issues and other health and legal concerns such as licensing, certification, management training and continuing education.

During the past 20 years Rev. Burke has also been active in the arena of healthcare and legislation. Her activities have included National seminars, workshops, and participation in the development of the National Minority AIDS Council and conferring with the Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop in an effort to identify health services and education needs. She continues to participate in Radio and TV Programs focusing on education, legal and spiritual aspects of health care.