Originally from Tallassee, Alabama, Dr. Ileeia A. Cobb has worked with the aging population for over 15 years with a focus on successful aging through cognitive, social, and physical initiatives.  Cobb obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology from Auburn University along with a Master of Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.  Her doctoral research focused on the perceptions of older Americans in regards to the aging process and the impact of adult education programs to gerontology.  Cobb’s career includes experience with strategic planning, gerontology, higher education, and grant management.  She has served as a Grants and Program Manager with the Alabama Department of Senior Services and as a Staff Associate responsible for institutional programmatic review for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.  Cobb has most recently served as Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University and is now in her current role as Director for the Office of Policy and Planning with the Alabama Department of Mental Health.