Since her first appearance as a Figure Competitor at the Las Vegas Classic 2002, Lea was hooked on the excitement of competing and being on stage. As a child, Lea spent years on stage singing and dancing, but as she grew older, her attention turned towards gymnastics, cheerleading and the fitness world.
Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Lea's life revolved around staying fit and healthy. At two days old, she was diagnosed with multiple congential defects and had her first heart surgery at 3 months of age. Because of her diagnosis, it was imperative that Lea maintain a healthy lifestyle. At a very young age, she learned the importance of staying strong and eating healthy. Unfortunately her many surgeries, and her first open heart surgery at the age of 5yrs made it challenging to run, play and live the normal life of a child. But she perservered, and made a vow to herself to make positive choices in her life that would help keep her healthy and maintain balance in all aspects of her life.
Lea began working out at the age of 15 and immediately became accustomed to the "gym" atmosphere. She thrived on the energy from the environment, the positive reinforcement from peers, and the shear adrenaline of the endorphins from a good pump and run. More importantly, she saw the benefits from keeping her heart healthy and actually began reversing her heart defects by constantly conditioning the heart and keeping it healthy. Moving forward in life, Lea decided to make her passion her career. She obtained a degree in Exercise Physiology from Bowling Green State University and had a heavy focus on cardiac rehab. Lea worked her way up as a Personal Trainer and is now a Fitness Director in a sports and country club. She also is a consultant as a Health Coach and Holistic Nutritionist and is currently taking on new clientele.
Now at the age of 32, she has placed first in the 2012 NPC West Virginia State and Mid Atlantic Grand Prix Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, and Physique Championships and taken 1st place and the Overall Win at the 2012 GNC NPC NATURAL PENNSYLVANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS. Because of this win, Lea is now qualified to compete at the national level for figure competitions and will be competing for her pro card in 2013.