Raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Leanne received a B.F.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the University of Minnesota in 1997. In 2002 she received her M.F.A. at Louisiana State University. Leanne has exhibited all over the U.S. as well as being an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation and Watershed. She was the Emerging Artist 2007 for NCECA, (National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts). Along with an active show record she has also written articles for Studio Potter magazine and is a member of Art Axis. She is currently Associate Professor and Art Program Coordinator at Governors State University in the south Chicagoland suburbs.