Leslie Strauss of Chester is involved in the student-school theater program as well as the financial, acting, producing, and supporting aspects of her local theater program. She also serves local music programs as a music teacher, performer, and supporter. She is active in Planning & Zoning, design commissions, merchant associations, the local Chamber of Commerce, and fundraisers for numerous local organizations. She has served as event organizer for numerous town events as has sat on the board of 9 Town Transit and local theaters. Another claim to fame is that she published a book on the local history of outhouses—how many people can say that? Leslie also mentors local kids in theater and music, and serves as a mentor to local and regional real estate professional organizations.