Deb Stanley was one of four children of a Methodist minister; as such, her family lived in a number of communities in Virginia, and she spent her high school years in Staunton. After graduating from Mary Washington in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Deb worked for state labs in Charlottesville and Richmond, Merck Pharmaceutical Company in Elkton, Va., and at James Madison University. She earned graduate degrees in physiology and chemical engineering from the University of Virginia. Ms. Leap funded a scholarship to assist biology majors in 2014.