Lakesha McDay - Mission Health

Lakesha F. McDay is a native of Asheville, North Carolina and has been employed with Mission Health for 20 years.  While working at Mission, Lakesha has held positions in Administration, Materials Management and Human Resources.  Her journey in Human Resources began in the Talent Acquisition area.  She has held positions as a Strategic Business Partner, a Manager for the Strategic Business Partners, a Consultant for the Center for Leadership and Professional Development, and has most recently been promoted to the Director of Diversity and Inclusion.  Lakesha holds a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and a post-graduate certificate in Innovation Management from Western Carolina University.

Lakesha has been active in the community as a Loaned Executive for the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, served as a board member for the Asheville Youth Football and Cheerleading League for many years, and was a former board member for United Services Credit Union.

Lakesha is married to Raymond, Sr., and has two children, Taylor (22) a recent graduate of Western Carolina University, and Raymond Jr. (13), an 8th grader at Valley Springs Middle School.

Lakesha is a huge football fan with the Carolina Panthers being her favorite NFL team.

"One of the things that I am most proud of in my life is that I taught my children that sometimes hills and mountains come along and can delay the goals and dreams that you have foryour life, or make the climb difficult, but the beauty of the hard climb is when you finally stop, breathe and take a look around, you will see amazing views and perspectives that you would have never had the opportunity to see and enjoy if the terrain had always been flat." - Lakesha Mcday