Leslie Pittenger is an AIB board member and Past President of the AIB board. She served on the national awards program committee as the judge’s coordinator for 5 years and has been a judge since 2014. She retired from her position as City Auditor for the City of Belpre, OH in December, 2021. Her passion for improvement of the area inspired community volunteers and she led the Belpre in Bloom committee (now known as Beautify Belpre) for 7 years. Belpre received the 2013 and 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award for Community Involvement sponsored by the American Horticultural Society under her leadership as well as many special awards. She has completed the Ohio Tree Commission Academy course and is an OSU Washington County Master Gardener. Leslie is the co-editor of the Best Ideas annual edition. She serves on the board of directors for the Belpre Alumnae Association and the Belpre Area Community Development Foundation. She graduated from the University of Georgia and was a business owner for 10 years. Now that she is retired, she has plans to continue her volunteering. Leslie believes in – and has experienced – the value of AIB for the benefits it can bring to the well-being and pride of small towns across America.