Photographer Leslie Liszak was born and raised in Centerville, Ohio. She attended Daytona Beach Community College in Daytona Beach Florida as an art major for two years, then received a Palmer Scholarship in Religion at John B Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. After graduating in 1976, she returned to Dayton, Ohio and began work as a drug rehabilitation counselor. Leslie served as counselor, outpatient supervisor, clinical director and executive director over her 33 year career at Center for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Services (CADAS.) While art was no longer a focus for her, Leslie studied metal work at Riverbend Art Center, primarily lost-wax casting. In the addiction treatment field she served on many state and regional committees and was appointed by the governor to three terms on the Ohio Recovery Council. In 2004 she received the Al Hajj Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad Zafr Award for Outstanding Lifetime Service in the Alcohol and Other Drug Field from the Montgomery County (Ohio)Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services Board and in 2009 she retired from directorship of CADAS.
After retirement, she took a class at the Richmond Art Museum, igniting a casual snapshot hobby into an obsession. Since then, Leslie’s photographs have been in juried shows at the Minnetrista Center in Muncie and won awards in juried competitions at the Richmond Art Museum annual exhibition, In-Focus at the Anderson Center for the Arts and the Preble County (Ohio) Annual Juried Photography Show.