Dr. Slete was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Jackson. He attended Western High School, Jackson Community College, Albion College, and the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry. Dr. Slete has been active in numerous local civic service organizations. He has served as President of the Jackson Community College Alumni Association, the Jackson Host Lions Club, the Jackson District Dental Society, and the Jackson Community College Foundation. He has also served as a board member and President of the Country Club of Jackson. Dr. Slete had a total knee replacement in 2017.