Jody has been a Pinellas County resident since 1999. She graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in Adult Education while working as a Training Instructor for USAirways. After 18 years, she left USAirways to attend Stetson University College of Law where she concurrently earned her juris doctorate and MBA degrees. Just before graduating, Jody was appointed to fill a vacant Commission seat for the Town of Redington Shores. She continued on to serve as Mayor, completing her final term in 2009. During her tenure, she represented the Town and the Barrier Island Governmental Council (BIG-C) on the boards of Pinellas County Tourist Development Council and Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association (FSBPA). She also served on the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Board of Directors and Executive Committee during the business turnaround years and migrated to Chief Operating Officer in 2007 to implement operational changes and begin facility improvement construction projects. Currently, Jody is Chair of the Pinellas County Council for Persons with Disabilities, a Board Member of CareerSource Pinellas, and a member of Pasco ADA Committee. Jody uses her talents to raise awareness in the community about Centers for Independent Living, and promotes access & inclusion for all with disabilities.