Leann Plagens is a graduate from Texas A&M University with a major in marine biology and a minor in chemistry. She has a 24 year career in the area of Environmental, Safety, and Health (ES&H), and is, currently, Vice President of the ES&H Regulatory Compliance Department for an independent global commodities merchant.
Leann is an active member of several other nonprofit organizations, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, where she is involved in functions that support veterans and preservation of historical documents.
Leann has a family member who has been diagnosed with COPA Syndrome. Although COPA Syndrome is a new discovery, her step nephew has interstitial lung disease (a result of this Syndrome) since childhood and as a young adult is currently on a waiting list for a double lung transplant.
Now that the Syndrome has been identified, Leann is committed to being a part of the COPA Syndrome Foundation’s mission to promote public education, awareness, and financial support for those affected by COPA Syndrome. A particular focus will be to determine how to support medical research for the advancement of successful treatments and an eventual cure of this genetic disorder.