Leslie and her husband Wayne live in Cherokee County, Georgia, where they raised their two children and where their three grandchildren are regular visitors. Since 1975, Leslie has worked as a professional optician and travels with an “Eye Team” to impoverished countries providing eyeglasses and eye care.
For 27 years, Cushman has been a dedicated PTA volunteer, serving at all levels. When her son Michael was in 1st grade, she became chair of her local PTA’s Substance Use and Abuse Committee, leading to a wider commitment to drug abuse prevention. Twice, she received the Governor’s Red Ribbon Award for outstanding drug prevention programs.
Her enthusiasm to advocate on behalf of children and youth challenged her to deepen her commitment to PTA. Offices she has held include Cherokee County Council President, 13th District Director, Georgia PTA President-Elect, and Georgia PTA President. Among Cushman’s favorite accomplishments was coauthoring Georgia PTA: A Century of Commitment for Children, 1906-2006. She also wrote an article for National PTA’s Our Children magazine, “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future: 40 Years of Unity,” detailing the unification of National PTA and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers.