Leslie began Zen practice in the early 90s with a Thich Nhat Hanh sitting group, and also participated in monthly sittings at Green Gulch Zen Center. She began her practice at Berkeley Zen Center in 1999 and received lay ordination from Sojun Roshi in 2002. She has held several practice positions at BZC, and served as Shuso in 2011. She currently co-leads a dharma group with her husband Jake. Leslie is co-teacher at Mount Diablo Zen Group in Pleasant Hill. She retired from teaching in the public schools in 2013, having worked as an inclusion specialist facilitating the education of students with severe disabilities. She volunteers at Mount Diablo State Park, and enjoys hiking Bay Area trails and exploring the wilderness areas of California. She lives in Pleasant Hill with Jake and their two cats.