Messages of Empowerment Productions, LLC (TEAM-MOE) is an evaluation and research firm that uses data to enhance programs and organizations, develop social and health interventions, and disseminate knowledge about public health and social issues. With a corporate office in Atlanta, GA, TEAM-MOE achieves its business objectives through an extensive national network of dedicated researchers and small consulting firms. Our core evaluation and research staff is trained in solid principles of project management and business management. Staff is screened intensely to be sure that they have the technical skills and the “entrepreneurial spirit” to perform effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced public health consulting environment.
TEAM-MOE was founded in 2005 by Quinn M. Gentry, PhD, MBA, who had experienced firsthand the social and health threats she now works to eradicate. Since 2005, the firm has been building local evaluation capacity among community-based organizations, applying black feminist theory in public health, and developing social and behavioral interventions for women and girls.
The Founder and CEO
Dr. Quinn M. Gentry
Dr. Quinn M. Gentry is Founder and CEO of Messages of Empowerment Productions, LLC (TEAM-MOE) where she serves as the principal investigator for several social and health projects focusing primarily on women and girls. Most recently, Dr. Gentry completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Urban Health Institute. Dr. Gentry is the author of Black Women’s Risk for HIV: Rough Living (Taylor & Francis Publishing), which is based upon her clinical HIV prevention research with high-risk African American women from 1999-2002. From 2005-2007, Dr. Gentry was a National Institute of Health-sponsored clinical researcher where she built evaluation capacity for AID Atlanta’s HIV prevention services and programs.
Dr. Gentry has over a decade of experience in programs, evaluation, and research on the social determinants of health with a primary emphasis on intervention development to address health inequities. She has conducted community-based evaluation research that examines behavioral and social determinants of health among vulnerable populations. More specifically, her work centers on the lives of women and girls at greater risk for social and health problems where she applies black feminist theory in developing relevant and practical interventions and programs. From a substantive perspective, Dr. Gentry is a subject matter expert on women and girls in the following areas: teen reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse risk and treatment, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, child welfare, mental health, and urban family dynamics. In addition, Dr. Gentry has authored over 50 technical reports, professional conference presentations, and journal articles.
Dr. Gentry received a B.A. degree in Political Science and History from Texas Christian University, with a minor in International Relations. She has an M.B.A. degree in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University, and a PhD degree in Sociology from Georgia State University with a concentration in Race and Urban Studies. Dr. Gentry has held clinical research and behavioral intervention positions at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, as well as Georgia State University’s College of Health & Human Sciences. She has also been employed as a Research Scientist for The MayaTech Corporation and as a Technical Director at IFC Macro (formerly ORC Macro International).
Prior to becoming a behavioral scientist, Dr. Gentry worked in such organizations as the Central Intelligence Agency, serving as a political intelligence officer; as well as having held brand marketing positions at Johnson & Johnson and Kimberly Clark, and served as the manager of leadership development at Wal-Mart’s Corporate Headquarters.
She is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition, and Elizabeth Baptist Church. She is married to Henry J. Gentry, and she co-parents her niece and nephews with wonderful sisters, Stephanie and Tyronda. When she is not leading TEAM-MOE, Dr. Gentry enjoys dancing, motivational speaking, writing and performing poetry, and playwriting. Currently, she is working on a screenplay inspired by her behavioral research in the lives of women at greater risk for HIV.