Gayla received her NATA certification in 1992 and has worked for various schools and businesses since her certification. She earned her B.S. in Sports Medicine degree at Valdosta State College along with a master's degree in Health and Physical Education. Gayla is originally from Abbeville, Georgia and currently resides in Pineview, Georgia. She is married to Jim McLeod and has two children, Kendall and Thomas Adcock.