Vickie Leese – “Miss Vickie” to those who know her – has played an active role over the past 20 years as an advocate for the underserved and underprivileged. Her passion is to help those least able to help themselves in her home community of Saint Johns County.
Miss Vickie’s calling has led her to create several programs designed to aid children at risk, including:
Feed My Sheep – Miss Vickie personally developed this program at Webster Elementary School (Saint Augustine, Florida), the aim of which is to feed 35 to 40 families weekly from June until August when school food programs are inactive.
Undie Sunday – She founded this program to supply underwear and socks each year for the less fortunate children in Saint Johns County Schools.
BrightStart (Saint Johns County) – Organized and implemented the testing needed to prove the Bright Start program concept and benefits to the community. The BrightStart program helps the children of lower income families who are falling behind in school because of a lack of reading ability.
A personal mentor for troubled elementary school students, she has organized school supply drives and “clothing closets” for years and has planned, organized, and implemented several annual school bus trips to shopping malls so that these children could shop for new shoes and socks.
Currently, Miss Vickie manages Woodchucks Furniture in Jacksonville, Florida. She has an education in business management.
She lives with her husband Dr. David Rice in St. Augustine Beach.