Jeanna received her BS with two majors, Biology and Chemistry, from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was enrolled at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson, Mississippi from 1992 to 1995 where she had completed clinical rotations in the year 1994.
Afterwards she worked for fourteen years in several fields such as chemical manufacturing, forensic science, pharmaceutical sales, and molecular biology before joining the Environmental Science Ph.D. program in Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi in August 2010. Her Ph.D. dissertation research was supported by NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center from 2012 - 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Padmanava Dash.
Her dissertation research is now funded by NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems since fall 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Gloria Miller. Her dissertation research focuses on an assessment of physical, chemical, and climatic characteristics of water in the Grand Bay. After successful completion of her Ph.D. she aspires to be an academician so that she can teach environmental science to young minds and continue her exciting research.