Surgical Technologists National Board taps Elliott

Pictured is Jessica Elliot of Grenada, surgical technology program director/instructor for Holmes Community College, who was recently elected to the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) National Board of Directors during the AST conference held in San Diego, California, May 31- June 4.

Jessica Goins Elliott of Grenada, Holmes Community College surgical technology program director/instructor, was elected to the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) National Board of Directors during the AST conference held in San Diego, California, May 31- June 4. The AST is administered by an 11-person board of directors who are elected by the membership at the annual conference. The board of directors is composed of the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and seven directors, and is charged with the overall responsibility of conducting the affairs of the association according to the bylaws and as mandated by the House of Delegates in the best interest of the membership.

Elliott is both a certified surgical technologist and a registered nurse. In addition to representing Mississippi as a delegate, she participated as a selected presenter at the conference's state assembly leadership forum and recently completed a term on the AST's State Assembly Leadership Committee. The committee is a national AST standing committee which oversees all fifty state assembly activities and serves as the state liaison between the board and the individual constituent organizations.

Along with being the first Mississippian to serve on the national committee since the inception of AST state assemblies, Elliott is also the first from Mississippi titled with the Fellow of the Association of Surgical Technologists designation.

Held annually in May, the Association of Surgical Technologists National Conference is the largest gathering of surgical technologists in the country. The five-day event included targeted workshops for educators, surgical assistants, students and practitioners seeking intensive, hands-on training; hundreds of vendors and various employers, as well as education sessions that cover a range of specialty areas.

For more information about the Association of Surgical Technologists, visit http://www.ast.org/.

For more information about the surgical technology program at Holmes, contact Elliot at jelliott@holmescc.edu or (662) 227-2310.

IN THIS PHOTO: Jessica Elliot of Grenada, surgical technology program director/instructor for Holmes Community College, was recently elected to the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) National Board of Directors during the AST conference held in San Diego, California, May 31- June 4.