Leigh Mashon Gaddis is a native of Trenton, Georgia. Gaddis attended Chattanooga State Community College and Utah State University . In her early twenties she travelled extensively throughout the American west working at outdoor and recreational camps as a counselor, guide and facility manager. She currently lives in North Carolina and is taking several courses at Southwestern Community College (North Carolina).
Gaddis was married to Craig Coleman and is the mother of five children. Her daughter Lilly Coleman is a Pre-law student and a contributor to several political columns as well as launching her own blog. Her eldest son Joseph Coleman worked as a partner at Coker Tire in Chattanooga, Tennessee and her three youngest sons attend high school in Sylva, North Carolina.