Leslie was raised in
Educated in the
No stranger to adversity, Leslie and her family suffered the loss of her father in 1990, after a 13-month battle with cancer. This was a turning point for her. Building on the example of her father, Leslie began focusing her life on community service. Throughout college and law school, she participated and advanced many causes including the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, Street Law teaching and work with the hearing impaired. Upon graduation from law school, Leslie was awarded the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award, Capital's Public Service Award, and its Outstanding Leadership in Philanthropy Award.
Leslie began her legal career in the footsteps of her grandfather, Clarence Meadows, working for the West Virginia Attorney General. She quickly made her way back to
Her career in private practice was with Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP, then with Thompson Hine LLP. While at Thompson Hine, she was solicited by the City's Human Resources Department to become the Chief Labor Negotiator for the City. This was an opportunity she could not turn down. After two very eventful years with the City of
Leslie's love for the City of
Leslie has filtered this love of the City into continual community service. She has been a tutor in the Cincinnati Public Schools, first at Washington Park Elementary, then McKinley Elementary. She is currently a Board Member for Youth Opportunities United (www.you.homestead.com); a development committee member for Women Helping Women; a Sunday School Teacher for Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church; a volunteer/donor for Pro-Kids, Dress for Success Cincinnati, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, Hoxworth Blood Center as a blood/bone-marrow/stem cell donor, the May Festival, the Cincinnati Jaycees, and Ensemble Theatre.
In May 2001, Leslie and her siblings faced another turning point in their lives. Their mother, Nancy, died of a sudden heart-attack at the age of 56. However, that same day, they were given the gift of life, with the early arrival of their only niece, Anna Sophia. Anna's inspiration has re-invigorated Leslie's clear and determined focus of children's issues.
In the fall of 2003, Leslie and her family were blessed with the birth of Martha's second daughter, Alexandra, and Juliana's son, Thomas. Leslie and Paul are Godparents to both.
Leslie's true passion is as an advocate for the City of
Leslie is 36 years old, a member of Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, and resides in
Biography courtesy of www.leslieghiz.com