Leigh Anne Van Doren (Owner/Publisher). Leigh Anne started her career as a Texan with cowgirl boots and big blonde hair…She was a President’s Scholar at Southern Methodist University, BA History, magna cum laude, 1988 and MA, Mass Communications, magna cum laude, University of Texas at Austin, 1992. After graduation, Leigh Anne worked as a speech writer for various representatives in the Texas Legislature and as the editor of what is now the Austin Bar Association’s publications. While there, she met and married a robot engineer from Oklahoma.
Leigh Anne became a Virginian when her robot engineer moved here for a dream job. While he worked long hours, she commuted to the DC area to work as an editor and production manager for a variety of nonprofits and associations. She had a brunette pixie cut with short skirts and long jackets. When her first child came along in 1997, she quickly discovered that everybody she knew was back in Texas. She became a desperate Virginia housewife/mother with mostly uncombed hair and overalls.
Leigh Anne started Fredericksburg Parent (then called Nurture) in 2000 as an alternative to moving home to mom or sitting around weeping all day. She needed to be the best parent she could be and she wanted to help other transplants who had the same goal.
It’s been a long strange road, winding through recessions, a second baby, the Internet, Facebook, Entrepreneur of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce, and many friends and employees. Leigh Anne is grateful for all the ways she’s been allowed to contribute to the community in Fredericksburg, whether it was Girl Scouts, science education for tweens, sick children, downtown small business support, or community events. Creating Fredericksburg Parent has made her a better parent, better citizen and better friend. Many thanks.