Leslie was born in Great Falls, MT, and raised in Helena. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in business management and a minor in business finance from Montana State University. Leslie's fundraising career began in Billings, raising money for the Northern Rockies Cancer Center and St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation, where she ran the Messiah Festival and managed Meadowlark House's cancer patient lodging facility.
Leslie joined Museum of the Rockies in 2015 as the events manager where she oversees the numerous fundraisers that generate vital support for Museum of the Rockies, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Leslie enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Traveling is her favorite pastime. Since 2010, Leslie has been to Italy, Australia, Qatar, Ecuador, Austria, and England.