A graduate of Topeka High School, Liesel came to Baker as a National Scholar Athlete to participate in track and cross country. She excelled in her sports as perhaps no previous female athlete at Baker had. Her lengthy list of athletic achievements, individually, for university teams, in the HAAC, in the NAIA region and nationally in the NAIA is impressive and includes 13 separate individual and team appearances in national NAIA Championship meets. She earned NAIA designation as an All-American on three occasions, twice in cross country and once in the outdoor track and field championships when she finished 4th in the 5,000 meter run as a senior.
Leading up to these national competitions, Liesel often lead her team at meets across the conference and region. She recorded 10 first place finishes in her events, either individually or as a member of her team and 13 second place finishes. Her list of achievements would have no doubt been even greater had not she been forced from competition in cross country her junior year as she studied in France and then again as a senior due to illness. In all, she set a total of 11 school records, many of which stand to this day. In 2000, she was designated the HAAC Woman’s MVP in indoor track and field. In 2002 she was selected as the HAAC Woman’s MVP in outdoor track and field.
On campus she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was a member of the student leadership group, the Parmenters.
Following graduation with a degree in business she joined her father’s real estate company in Topeka where she has excelled just as she did in athletic competition. Among several other honors, she has earned designation as the “Youngest Salesperson of the Year” and is the youngest female President-elect of the Topeka Area Association of REALTORS. Additionally she is involved with numerous professional and community associations and additionally serves on several organizational boards. She is a full-time mom and volunteers and participates actively in activities for her children and other youth from within the community.
She is married to her former college teammate and running partner, Brad Fink, and together they have three children, Grayson, Payton, and Clayton Fink.