Our team

We accomplish our mission through a group of trained volunteer law enforcement officers, first responders and chaplains across North Carolina who are prepared to provide immediate peer support to our brothers and sisters who have been involved in critical incidents and those who are dealing with daily stresses unique to the profession.

about NC-LEAP

NCLEAP offers Peer-driven assistance to law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders who have been involved in critical incidents. Mental health professionals help tremendously in dealing with critical incidents and we have found that proven sustainable success comes from the use of peers who have experienced critical incidents.  Peers are an invaluable resource for those working through traumatic experiences.

Through the combination of Peer Support, Chaplaincy services, Post Critical Incident Seminars, education and training we are impacting careers, families, and the lives of those who serve

A.Aaron Back


Associate Director, Aaron is a co-founder of NCLEAP and manages the Peer Teams and Post Critical Incident Seminars.  As an officer, he understands the unique stresses involved in law enforcement and has a deep passion for serving others who have experienced critical incidents.

Aaron brings 30 years of law enforcement experience to the programs at NCLEAP.  He continues to serve in numerous leadership and management positions within the law enforcement community.


 Danny B. Leonard 

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Executive Director, Danny is a co-founder and Director of NCLEAP. Danny has been serving as a chaplain with law enforcement and emergency service personnel since 1990.  Beginning as an EMT in a local rescue squad, he quickly found a place of service as a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team.  

Danny currently serves as the Chaplaincy Program Coordinator for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.  In that role he coordinates 53 volunteer chaplains who serve the Troopers across the state. 

Additional assignments include serving with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Medical Assistance Team(NC-1) and the Special Operations Response Team(SORT) located in Forsyth County, NC. 

Danny earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke University and a Bachelors degree in Human Relations from High Point University. He hold certifications from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and the Emergency Management Institute.