Education for all
“I am running for the University of Colorado Board of Regents, District 5, to ensure CU is affordable and accessible to all Coloradans. We can leverage technology, such as online learning and outreach, to reduce the largest barrier to education (cost) and bring more citizens into the UC system who typically don’t attend college such as those who work, returning veterans, rural students, those who left school to work, as well as single parents.
Education is the key to greater productivity, better pay, job security, social mobility, self-esteem, more civic involvement and a brighter future for all.”
25 years as higher education faculty including service as Associate Professor of Law at the USAF Academy, at MSU Denver and other universities in courses covering criminal justice, criminology, business law, ethics, homeland security, paralegal studies, and political science.
Ph.D. (Education Technology Management), J.D., M.Ed. (Career Guidance and Counseling), M.A. (International Relations), B.S. (International Affairs and Public Administration) and Army Airborne School.
10 years as an officer in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States as All-American Post Commander, Colorado Department Judge Advocate and, as VFW National Judge Advocate General (2016-2017), provided the Commander-In-Chief and The National Council of Administration legal assistance and counsel in the management of an organization of 1.2 million combat veterans, 6,390 posts and $11 million in assets.
22 years in El Paso County, Colorado.
30 years’ experience in practice as a Deputy District Attorney, criminal defense attorney, and military attorney (Judge Advocate or JAG).
28 years military service as ICBM launch officer, ROTC Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Intelligence Officer, and Judge Advocate in the U.S., South Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia (Operation Southern Watch & Operation Desert Focus), and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Operation Joint Forge).
USAF Academy Association of Graduates, Society of American Law Teachers, American Bar Association, International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education), Air Force Association, American Trail Running Association, American Federation of Teachers, Colorado and California Bar Associations.
I’m an exceptionally qualified progressive Democrat running for CU Regent at Large. No matter if a student is a Boetcher Scholar, an under served, or non-traditional student, I’ll make sure every student attending CU believes their education has made a difference in their life and puts them on a pathway to success. As the first woman aquanaut to live and work in the Aquarius underwater research lab in an all-male team and devoting my life to diversifying the STEM fields; an eight-year local school board veteran serving a similar role as the CU Board of Regents; and a career scientist and educator at CU raising nearly $8M to serve teachers, and K-12 and post-secondary students across our state, I’m exceptionally qualified to take on the challenges our flagship university faces. I believe in CU, in public education, and in the imperative of providing pathways for all students to achieve a high quality education. If elected, I promise to work for an excellent relevant education for all students that prepare them for the workforce, to provide all students an affordable, accessible pathway to success, and to work hard to secure funding for a strong CU system. LesleyforCU.org - Common name, Uncommon Leadership!