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Executives

Meet the Via Executive Team

Via Services is led by a wonderful management team with diverse backgrounds in special needs, business, and therapy. They are committed to our mission of helping individuals with disabilities and special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives.

Leslie Davis

Leslie Davis

Chief Executive Officer

Leslie is the chief executive officer for Via Services. She joined Via in 2011 as the director of Via West. In 2012, she became the vice president of programs, overseeing both the Via West and First Step programs. In 2014, she transitioned into the role of chief executive officer.

Leslie received her B.A. in Spanish from Santa Clara University and her M.A. in special education and rehabilitative counseling from San Jose State University.

Leslie has extensive experience working with the special needs population. She worked as the special education manager at Rocketship Schools, an organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap of low income students. She also owned a private counseling practice in San Jose dedicated to vocational rehabilitation and transition counseling for those with special needs and those with work-related injuries.

Did you know?
Leslie is a die-hard fan of the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland A’s, the San Jose Sharks, and the Golden State Warriors.

Get in Touch
408-243-7861, ext. 232
ldavis@viaservices.org


Leslie Leger

Leslie Leger

Vice President, Administration

Leslie is responsible for the oversight and management of all IT and HR functions, relations with the Board of Directors, and she is also the financial liaison for the organization. She joined Via in 2001.

Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, she worked as the director of operations for a high tech company in Mountain View. She has years of experience with overseeing company administration and IT.

Did you know?
Leslie loves to go camping.

Get in Touch
408-243-7861, ext. 226
lleger@viaservices.org


Amy Churchill

Amy Churchill

Director, First Step

Amy oversees our speech and occupational therapy programs, as well as the Early Start assessment team. She joined Via in 2012 as a contractor through her private practice and transitioned into the role of director in January of 2015.

Amy received her B.A. in communication disorders from State University of New York and her M.A. from Lehman College at City University of New York. She also received a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She is licensed to provide speech and language assessments and intervention in California and New York.

Amy has 14 years of experience working with children in the private and the public sector, particularly with early childhood and preschool assessment and services. She has extensive experience with public special education services based on Individual Education Programs and Individual Family Services Plans. Amy has training/certification in the following programs: Hanen-It Takes Two to Talk, PROMPT, SCERTS, PODDS, PECS, Social Thinking, and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.

Did you know?
Amy’s favorite dessert is New York cannoli.

Get in Touch
408-243-7861, ext. 233
achurchill@viaservices.org


Kirsten Jensen

Kirsten Jensen

Director, Altitude at Via

Kirsten is responsible for the intake process of new participants, managing all of the sessions, and preparing the curriculum for Altitude at Via programs. She joined Via in 2014 as the program manager and quickly transitioned into the role of director.

Kirsten received her B.A. in literature from the University of California in Santa Cruz.She has years of experience in working with the special needs population. She worked as the program director and as the executive director for Camp Altitude for 2 years prior to its acquisition from Via. She also founded A Special Nanny, a company that places nannies in homes of families with special needs children. She has training in ABA therapy and in the Lindamood-Bell technique.

Did you know?
Kirsten’s favorite Starbucks order is a double short soy latte.

Get in Touch
408-243-7861, ext. 224
kjensen@viaservices.org


Shannon McDaniel

Shannon McDaniel

Director, Advancement

Shannon oversees all fundraising and development initiatives for Via Services. She joined Via in 2016 as the director for the advancement department though she helped her mother raise funds for Via back when it was known as the Crippled Children’s Society. Her grandmother also volunteered over 30 years ago, and her son Aiden was a client of First Step and Via West.

Shannon received her B.A. in Exercise Physiology from Chico State University and her M.B.A. in Healthcare IT from St. Mary’s College.

Shannon has many years of development experience working in the high-tech industry. She was a member of the development team for Healtheon before it was purchased by WebMD, and she also developed and raised funds for two different start-up companies. She also spent 3 years developing a membership program for a 5-star resort.

Did you know?
Shannon played for the U.S. Women’s National Water Polo Team.

Get in Touch
408-243-7861, ext. 239
smcdaniel@viaservices.org