Lezli retired in 2018 after 26 years as an academic staff member at the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). As a public health professional, the focus of her career has been in improving population health and medical care through education and training, research management and dissemination, systems change, communication and policy change. She has extensive experience working with UW staff and faculty, as well as diverse community, state and national organizations.
During her tenure at SMPH Lezli served as a research manager for the UW Department of Psychiatry, directed the Madison site of the national Women’s Health Initiative, and served as assistant director/director of outreach services for the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. Her last position was at the UW Department of Ob-Gyn as a program manager overseeing various programs. She has been the recipient of many national and statewide awards for her work including the UW Regents Staff Excellence Award in 2009.
In her spare time, Lezli enjoys reading, long nature walks, writing non-fiction essays, and spending time with her friends, children and grandson.