Leslie was born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In NC, she grew up with a slew of animals including cats, pigs, roosters, and even turkeys.
She went to Appalachian State University to pursue a degree in Psychology.
After a big move to Washington state, her career direction switched over from people to animals when she started volunteering (and later working) with Seattle Humane in Bellevue, WA in 2012. Leslie eventually made her way to Pullman, WA and was the Director of Operations for the Whitman County Humane Society.
With her husband graduating with a degree in engineering, it was time for a move. Leslie liked the idea of a small, mountain town and really loved the Animal Shelter’s mission and dedication to the community; so she made yet another big move and now lives in Bellevue, ID.
Leslie is a lover of all animals, big and small, and owns 2 rats, Cherry & Blossom (who were adopted from Whitman County Humane Society). Naturally, she also owns 2 dogs; George, a Golden Retriever/Husky mix, adopted from Seattle Humane and Ike, a Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, adopted from Whitman County Humane Society. She senses a pattern with her adoptions and thinks it’s only a matter of time before she adopts a 3rd dog from here!
In her spare time, you can likely find her at home hanging out with her animals and probably caring for a foster animal too!