Gabrielle LeBlanc, CPI
Partner and Inspector
- Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors, Licensed Home Inspector No. 10833
- Member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), No. 12071110
- Certified Professional Inspector (NACHI)
- Certificate of Achievement, National Home Inspector Examination
- Graduate of National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Training Program
- Attended Louisiana State University at Eunice 2006, Southeastern Louisiana University 2008
- ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED Certified
- Formerly with AmeriCorps as an Assistant Carpenter, various construction projects
- Business owner, Ardour Personal Training, LLC
Gabrielle was born and raised in the West Bank outside of New Orleans where her family has deep local roots. She enjoyed an early exposure to the building trade thanks to her dad’s background in carpentry and the opportunity to watch him build their family’s home. Gabrielle attended Louisiana State University in Eunice, initially on an athletic scholarship (softball), where she studied kinesiology and psychology. She segued to radiologic technology for a few years with a heavy emphasis on science and math, then turned back to exercise science, working as a personal trainer at a gym for 10 years.
Gabrielle became interested in home inspections when she bought her first house. Watching the inspector examine her home, she noted how he seemed to love his work. She began studying home inspection and looked for opportunities for hands-on experience through volunteer projects. She met current Axelrad & Associates team members Emily Beyer and Amelia Yates when she became involved in the St. Bernard Project (now SBP), a nonprofit organization that got its start in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Gabrielle was an assistant carpenter there for six months. In 2013, Gabrielle became a fully accredited home inspector.
The ability to create your own schedule, be active, dig into issues and solve challenges are all aspects of the work that Gabrielle enjoys. Every job is different, and no day is ever the same. There’s a sense of adventure and discovery that she finds exhilarating. For Gabrielle, one of the most important parts of the work is communications – sharing issues having to do with a house or property in the best way for each client. She feels strongly that it’s important to know clients’ backgrounds, understand what they’re expecting, and to make sure they know how normal certain issues are for the area and environment.
A very active person, Gabrielle is also a yoga instructor and enjoys endurance sports. She is currently training for an Ironman triathlon. After renovating her own house, Gabrielle became intrigued with architecture and traveled to the U.K. where she studied architecture at the University of East London. The program was more design centered than technically oriented, and Gabrielle felt drawn to the engineering behind the structures than the design process itself. She still has a passion for the technical elements of architecture and looks forward to increasing that specialized knowledge.