Lester is a retired music teacher, a National Behavior trainer and consultant, an active volunteer with Special Olympics and Past President of the Arc of Minnesota and Arc Southeastern Minnesota. He has been a board member of a rural Disability Provider for 17 years and has been a constant advocate for people with disabilities for more than 40 years. His advocacy work has been with local, state and federal legislators in Minnesota and Washington D.C. He was on a number of committees at the Minnesota Department of Human Services and he spent 6 years as a member of the Minnesota State Quality Assurance Council. He is presently a member of the Institute on Community Integration Advisory Counsel at the University of Minnesota.