Leslie graduated from Shepherd College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Economics. She moved to Blacksburg to continue her education, and a year later graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master of Accountancy. While living in Blacksburg, Leslie began work with a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Elizabeth Roberts. She moved to Morgantown, West Virginia for three years while her husband attended law school at West Virginia University. For part of her time there, she worked as a staff accountant at a local hospital. In 1999, Leslie and her family returned to Southwest Virginia when her husband got a job in Wytheville. She got back in touch with Mrs. Roberts and worked with her as a CPA, both from home and in Roberts’ office, for the next several years. Over that time, she slowly grew her own client base and now has her own practice. She has been a practicing CPA for over 20 years and is currently serving as the accountant for MOVA Technologies.