Chelom Leavitt graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Economics in 1988. She then attended the J. Reuben Clark Law School and earned a J.D. in 1992. During her 20 years of private practice, Chelom focused on mediation and alternative dispute resolution. In 2004 Chelom and David took their family to Ukraine to help the ABA with the CEELI program. Their relationships and experiences in Ukraine prompted the creation of TLI in 2005. Chelom began the duties of president of TLI in 2006. In 2010-2011, she was invited to be a Ukrainian Fulbright Fellow and taught as a Fulbright visiting professor in the Psychology Department at Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine. Following her fellowship, she received a master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from Brigham Young University in 2011. She received her PhD at Penn State in the Human Development and Family Studies department. Chelom recently accepted a faculty position at Brigham Young University in the School of Family Life. Chelom and her husband, David, have seven children and reside in Orem, Utah.