From her official CBS Survivor: China bio
"Leslie Nease's stepfather was a United States Marine, so
she traveled with her family all over the world. She
attended and graduated from Kubasaki High School in Okinawa,
Japan. Moving back to the United States, Nease attended two
years of college at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West
Nease currently works as a Christian host for a midmorning
radio show. She is on the air from 9 am until noon, and then
spends the rest of her day being mom to her four kids,
Stephanie, Tommy, Kennedy and Peyton. She also teaches
fitness classes three nights a week (step, kickboxing,
sculpt and cycle) and has her own speaking ministry where
she encourages others in their faith. She has written a book
about fitness & spirituality called Body Builders. She
has previously worked as a personal trainer and waitress.
Nease's hobbies include reading and studying scripture,
writing poetry, yard sales and camping with her family. Her
favorite sport is volleyball. She describes herself as
energetic, passionate and overwhelming. Her favorite topics
are what she considers to be her "Four Fs": Faith, Family,
Friends and Fitness. She was Mrs. North Carolina in the Mrs.
USA pageant in Las Vegas in August 2001. In March 2003, she
was the first New York finalist in the Regis & Kelly
co-host search when Kelly went on maternity leave. In April
2006, she went on a mission trip to La Paz, Cochabamba and
Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where they spent most of their time
outdoors in the Andes Mountains visiting Compassion
International-sponsored children in underdeveloped areas.
Nease has auditioned for Survivor every season
for the past five years. She always wanted to experience Survivor
for herself and decided she wasn't giving up. She never let
the rejection get her down, but instead allowed it to fuel
her passion for the adventure. Finally, after 11 audition
tapes, her dream is coming true.
Nease currently resides in Tega Cay, South Carolina with
her husband of 18 years, Rod. They have one dog, Buddy. Her
birth date is March 25, 1969."