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Leona began her communications career in the U.S. Navy, serving as a public affairs specialist at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, then as a deputy reserve public affairs officer at Navy Region Southeast Reserve Component Command in Jacksonville, Florida. Her naval experience spanned a range of activities including public relations, newsletter development, community outreach, radio, video, photography and graphic design. Leona completed training in mass communication, editing and content management at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Art Studies from the University of Central Florida. She puts her education and experience to work every day for Global-5’s clients at the local, state and national levels.