Leslie Cruz was born in  Minneapolis, Minnesota.   She is the oldest child of Christine Fyle.  Christine moved with Leslie to the small town of Cable, Wisconsin when she was six years old.  This enabled Leslie to receive a vastly more in-depth education than she had received in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She was raised by her mom and grandmother, Effie, until her grandmother’s passing in 1992.   Leslie lived in Cable, Wisconsin until she graduated from Drummond High School.

Leslie attended the elementary schools in Cable and Drummond before progressing to the junior and senior high schools in Drummond, Wisconsin. She graduated with Honors from High School. After graduation, she left for the United States Army. She spent 4 years in the U.S. Army; the majority of the time spent on Fort Belvoir, Virginia as a Chaplain Assistant assigned to the U. S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.  She became a U.S. government contractor upon the end of her time in service (ETS) in 1998. 

Leslie always had a strong desire to pursue her education.  In 2000 she ended her employment as a government contractor and began pursuing her degree full-time at the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). Utilizing her Montgomery G.I. Bill to its fullest extent; she earned two associate degrees: an Associate in Arts of International Studies and an Associate in Science of General Studies. Leslie was honored several times throughout her academic career for making the Deans list, she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002.

Leslie spent many years working in office administration.  Currently she is involved in several personal projects and clubs.  A member of a several book clubs; she has found that they have widened the range of literature that she reads. Leslie is  currently  building her photographic and literary portfolios. She has several projects in the fire and believes that they will come to fruition within the next few years.

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