Taking care of children and families has always been a part of Jody Elliott’s life. Mother to two boys of her own, Matt and Kurt, Jody recognized from an early age that she wanted to take care of people. Jody began her career in caring as an elementary teacher at Maclay Preparatory School in Tallahassee. She spent 8 years in the classroom before she decided to pursue another pathway in life which eventually led to her true calling.
In 1994, Jody graduated from The FSU college of Nursing with her Bachelors degree. She was hired by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital to work in the Operating Room and she credits this experience as the spark that spurred her interest in caring for the patient from diagnosis through recovery. She soon joined the staff at Tallahassee Surgical Associates as nurse to Dr Eliot Sieloff and she spent 16 years assisting patients along the pathway from first appointment to post surgical recovery.
Throughout her years as a surgical nurse, Jody made an effort to treat her patients like friends. She found time to return phone calls fielding questions from nervous care givers and worked with Dr Sieloff to assure that each case was given a personal touch. In 2006, Jody was introduced to Joanna Francis and they began a friendship which lasted throughout Joanna’s battle with breast cancer. Jody thought of Joanna as family and when the “Living Well” organization came together, Jody was one of the first people in line to volunteer.
In 2015, Jody retired after 21 years in her nursing career. She said she wanted to have more time to spend with her sons and her 7 year old granddaughter. Jody also wanted to make it a priority to give back to this community through the work of Joanna Francis Living Well. She assumed her seat on the Board of Directors just a few weeks after retirement and is looking forward to making a difference in the lives of local families living with a breast cancer diagnosis.