Leland R. Gentry received his MPH in Policy and Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1995 and his B.S. in Health Education from the University of Texas San Antonio in 1988. At SoPA, he has taught courses such as Wellness in Contemporary American Society, Mind and Body Health, Childhood Obesity, and Global Health since 2012. His extensive professional background includes: U.S. Air Force as a Medical Specialist, U.S. Air Force Reserves - Retired, Epidemiology - State of Mississippi, The Management Academy of Public Health - The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He currently serves as the Facilities Director of the Coastal Family Health Center, Biloxi, MS.