Christina (VanDerLeek) Leach was born in Hoboken, N.J., on May 21, 1947. She grew up in Pequannock, N.J., graduating from PTHS in 1965. She began her nursing education graduating Eastern School for Physician’s Aides in 1966. She later became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and spent her career in pediatrics and elder care. She married Larry Leach in 1967 and they moved to Idaho in 1970, living in Idaho Falls, Boise, and Boise County.