Leslie Covell Hershberger joins the Blue Zones Project Dodge County team as Community Program Manager. Leslie brings to the team over 30 years of nonprofit management experience including volunteer recruiting and management, fundraising, project development and marketing. As a leader, she is mission driven and brings an ability to inspire and motivate. Her management style is to steer individuals to develop expertise and work where they have natural enthusiasm and ability.

Prior to joining the Blue Zone Project, Leslie was Executive Director of the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center. She also owns and operates Responsive Business Solutions, LLC which is a marketing and consulting company in Mayville.

Leslie demonstrates a passion for giving back to her community. She is involved as a volunteer in her community and sits on the board of directors for the Mayville Chamber of Commerce and the Community Development Authority for the City of Mayville. She is a member and past president of the Mayville Rotary Club. Her past area involvements include Discover Dodge Tourism board of the directors and Main Street Mayville’s economic development committee.

Leslie moved to Wisconsin in 2009. Her past accomplishments include: co-founding PAL (Preparation for Adult Living) Mission in Canton, OH which is a home for children being emancipated from foster care, co-founding Creating Perry Recreation (CPR) in the Perry School District in Massillon, OH where over $8m was raised for new and refurbished sports facilities, and being on the founding board for Dragonfly Academy, a school for autistic children. She has served on numerous boards, served on 13 mission trips, and has been involved in her community wherever she has lived.

Leslie and her husband attend Northbrook Church. She has four children and two grandchildren.