Lesley began her tenure at Saltonstall in November, 2011. Prior to her move to Ithaca, she lived in Chautauqua County for ten years during which time where she worked as a program coordinator for Chautauqua Institution’s signature lecture series and, more recently, as the director of the North Shore Arts Alliance, a grass-roots organization representing professional visual artists in all media.
Lesley earned her Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She brings a wealth of not-for-profit organizational experience in addition to a passion for the arts and a deep understanding of the importance of supporting art at its source.
Lesley lives in downtown Ithaca with her husband David Coester, a classical guitarist, and she currently serves on the board of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.