Meet Our CEO & Founder

For so many years I always imagined a world filled with people that helped each other, whether through encouragement, resources, or just a listening ear.  I realized it was these things that would have made a big difference for me while growing up in the inner city. Growing up was tough.  I was trying to navigate through life with few tools, many questions without answers, and unaddressed trauma. Living in chaos became normal.  I felt isolated in a world full of opportunities that seemed out of my reach. As I got older and started to experience life on my own I started to become an advocate for human rights, mental health, and social justice. As I continued to contemplate what advocacy and support look like for these situations, I  asked myself “What would April have needed?”  The answer to that question is what you will experience at Open Heart Leaders, and it is not your typical programs and services. These programs are designed with people like you in mind.  The services center around what communities want, rather than what they are told they need. 

We had to have the right people to support what communities needed, who were emotionally, physically, and mentally invested in us.  That is why I sought out experienced team members and volunteers, who understand life has a way with everyone, and no one is in any position to judge. While building this organization, I realized it was not about what April would have needed back then, but what it is that I need now. Here is where my heart and head aligned, and through this synergy grew this wonderful organization, Open Heart Leaders. I open my heart to you and extend it to those of you who feel pieces of yours have been chipped away over time. I look forward to doing life with each and every one of you.  With my deepest love and respect, welcome to the journey of changing your life. 

April Laster
Chief Executive Officer