Non-profit leader by day, roller derby skater by night, this is Pleah’s (Play-uh), aka Princess Pleah’s, 4th season with Jacksonville Roller Derby. Joining the league after a rough breakup, roller derby was exactly what she needed to build her athletic confidence alongside other badass skaters. While she’s dabbled in jamming in previous seasons, this year Pleah is holding the inside line as Pivot on River City Rat Pack.
When she’s not skating, Leah Palestrant is the Learning & Development Director for City Year Jacksonville, a local education non-profit that places AmeriCorps Members as tutors and mentors in high needs schools around the city. Leah teachers twice a week at two local Jewish institutions and volunteers with Special Olympics on a weekly basis. Occasionally, you may also find Pleah rescuing a manatee on the weekends as she also volunteers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.