About PLEA Foundation
To provide support with training costs and much needed equipment through donations to law enforcement professionals, including k9 officers in need.
Striving to become a national leader in supporting Law Enforcement Professionals.
How We Help
The PLEA Foundation is 100% volunteer based and utilizes donor contributions towards fulfilling our four initiatives listed below.
K9 & Police Officer Vests
Stuffed Animals for Children in Stressful Situations
Leslie McMahon became a licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent after receiving her degree in Business Management from Northwood University. She proudly became the 4th generation to enter her family’s insurance agency, where she learned every aspect of the business from the bottom up. Her insurance background provided a great resource in the creation and marketing of the Professional Law Enforcement Association, Inc. (PLEA). PLEA offers a Legal Defense Program and multiline insurance programs to law enforcement. Since her election in 1998, Leslie has been the Executive Director of PLEA, and, among her many other duties, is responsible for its’ Marketing Program. In 2014, Leslie founded the PLEA Foundation, Inc.
Leslie has been happily married to her high school sweetheart, George, for thirty five years. They are the proud parents of two grown sons. They currently reside in Washington Township, Michigan with their two Labrador retrievers, Shelby and Abby. When she is not in the office, Leslie enjoys relaxing with a good book and outdoor activities with her family.
Ashley McMahon has always had a soft spot in her heart for two things: Animals and Giving.
She began to work at the Professional Law Enforcement Association in 2012. After observing the very rapid influx of Line of Duty deaths across America among Law Enforcement and K9 officers, she knew that PLEA needed to get involved. PLEA Foundation Inc. was founded in 2014, as a volunteer-based non-profit based in Troy, MI. Ashley currently manages the Foundation with interns and volunteers. She is the lead on planning the fundraising events, creating and managing relationships with Police Departments, the K9 Handlers and the equipment suppliers.
Ashley graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication and Media Studies from Oakland University. She has been happily married since 2015 and currently resides in Rochester Hills with her husband Brett and Yellow Labrador puppy Sadie.
In her free time, she likes to plan events, do calligraphy, garden, take walks with her husband and Sadie, scrapbook, and live an all-natural life as she is a Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.
Scott Dickinson, CFF, is a proud 4th generation Insurance Agency Owner and President of his family’s Insurance Agency, Republic Underwriters Inc. in Troy, Michigan. The agency was founded in October of 1930, and is approaching its 90 year Anniversary in business. Scott is a Licensed Insurance Counselor, has a Certified Financial Fiduciary Designation, and is licensed in Property & Casualty and Life & Health.
Scott resides in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and is the proud parent of two sons and one cat Tiger. When he is not in the office, Scott enjoys golf and sports.
Erika Banet graduated from Warren Mott High School in 2017 and is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration from Oakland University. She began working for PLEA in March of 2018 and has happily taken on administrative roles in the office and is eager to take make a difference with the PLEA Foundation.
In her free time, Erika enjoys spending time with family, shopping, and exercising.
Katherine (Kathy) Gibson graduated from L’Anse Creuse High School in Harrison Twp., Michigan. Kathy graduated from Baker College of Mt. Clemens with an Associate’s Degree in Business.
While attending College, she starting working part time for an Insurance Agency. Kathy has been working in the Insurance Industry for over 20 years, becoming a Licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent in 2013. She has worked in the Accounting Department of Insurance agencies since 1996, and has a true passion for numbers.
Kathy has two fur babies, Nutmeg a 3 ½ year old Collie Mix, and Amber a 2 year old Polydactyl Tortoiseshell cat. They currently reside in Harrison Township, Michigan. In her free time, she loves to bake and work on plastic canvas/needlepoint crafts. She is also an huge Detroit Red Wings hockey fan.
Major Gifts Officer
Emily Dybash became part of the PLEA Foundation in the summer of 2019.
She is currently in school for an Associates degree in Applied Science, with a minor in Surgical Technology, expected to graduate in May of 2021 and plans to continue her education transfer into a Business degree. She currently works as an Administrative Assistant and serves on the board as the Major Gifts Officer.
Her main focus is acquiring donations and sponsorships for the foundation’s events. She has a special interest in law enforcement from her mother being a Retired Police Officer for a department that the foundation serves. She also has a love for animals as she has two dogs, Rocky and Jiggy; along with two cats, Nala and Simba.
Bob is a shareholder with the firm of Garan Lucow Miller, P.C. He obtained a B.A., from Oakland University and a J.D. from Detroit College of Law, cum laude. Bob specializes in Municipal Law, ERISA Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Priority Disputes.
Bob is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the St. Clair County Bar Association (Past President, Board of Directors), the Macomb County Bar Association (Past Chair, Young Lawyers Board of Directors), the Defense Research Institute, and the Michigan Foster Care Review Board Program, St. Clair County Board Member. Bob enjoys golf, hunting, and spending time with his wife and children.