Leif Johnson

  • Chicago IL

Writer. Photographer. Advocate.



B.A., Philosophy                             Summa Cum Laude

Northeastern Illinois University

Work History

Work History
2013 - Present


Freelance Photographer- Part-Time) Provided photography services such as family and children's portraiture, courtroom adoption photography, event photography, prints, and greeting cards Published press-pit photography coverage of Pitchfork Music Festival for Athen, Georgia weekly reader, Flagpole Magazine(and 2014). Designed and developed websites using graphic design tools, CSS, HTML, and personal photography.
Jul 2011 - Present

Freelance Photographer

Johnson Mendez Photography
Chicago, Illinois
Sep 2012 - Sep 2013


Resurrection Covenant Church
Chicago, Illinois (monthly) Warming Center Facilitated a hospitable, and comfortable environment for homeless individuals Assisted with meal preparation and clean-up, supervised clothing and supply room, and coordinated laundry services for guests
Sep 2010 - Dec 2011

Misericordia Homes

Misericordia Homes
Volunteer Work Chicago, Illinois Live-In Volunteer, Community Integrated Living Arrangement(CILA) Lived at CILA Home as volunteer support personnel, overseeing the needs of 6 men with Intellectual Disabilities such as passing medications, getting them ready for work, carrying out behavior plans, and resolving conflicts Maintained house upkeep and strict safety standards including daily cleaning, snow removal, monthly fire drills, and handling or reporting maintenance issues as they arose Acted as permanent on-call staff for behavioral issues or emergency situations
Sep 2010 - Dec 2011

Therapy Aide

Ravenswood Event Center
Assisted with set-up, tear-down, and cleaning for large-scale events Provided food and beverage service for guests Misericordia Homes Chicago, Illinois Therapy Aide Implemented Occupation and Physical Therapy(PT/OT) program plans for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Regularly repaired, maintained, and cleaned therapy equipment, wheelchairs, pool, and sensory room Documented individual progress and evaluated program effectiveness with therapists
Apr 2009 - Sep 2010

Misericordia Homes

Misericordia Homes
Chicago, Illinois Direct Service Professional Provided physical and behavioral care and support for an apartment of 10 individuals with severe or profound disabilities; responsibilities included organizing outings and activities, feeding, grooming, bathing, and documenting behavioral and health-related issues Maintained a clean, orderly, and sanitary environment to ensure the well-being of the residents
2005 - 2008

Painter/bench Maintenance Worker

U.S. Bench Corporation
Minneapolis, Minnesota Seasonally &June 2008-April 2009 Painter/Bench Maintenance Worker Installed and repaired benches throughout Twin Cities region; on-site snow removal throughout winter Painted bench planks, back rests, and advertising panels Assisted in general shop work i.e., silk screening bench advertisements, sanding planks, and operating various machinery
May 2004 - Sep 2004

Operations Team Member

Cascades Camp & Conference Center
Yelm, Washington Operations Team Member Assisted with setup and tear down for large camp events Lifeguarded lakefront swimming area on daily basis Performed housekeeping and maintenance tasks following all major events Regularly participated in various landscaping projects, path maintenance
Sep 2002 - Aug 2003

Teacher's Aide

Redeemer Child Care Center
Bowie, Maryland & November 2004-May 2005 Teacher's Aide Maintained classroom control, directed homework room, and organized activities and games for children between 2-13 years old Coordinated programs, games, and outings throughout summer sessions Worked extensively with children with special behavioral needs
Nov 2000 - Aug 2001


U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, D.C. Summer Seminar Intern Planned and facilitated week-long summer seminar at Catholic University for international students; this included organizing formal debates and discussions on ethics and current issues as well as leading tours of Washington D.C. and the museum Participated in leadership seminars, an extensive educational program, tour guide training, and intensive discussion on topics such as the Holocaust, racism, and ethical reasoning Additional Work Experience