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Association of Surgical Technologists elects Elliott as National Secretary

Jessica Goins Elliott, Holmes Community College Surgical Technology program director/instructor, was elected as National Secretary of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) National Board of Directors during the AST conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 21-23. The Association of Surgical Technologists 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. The Board of Directors is charged with the overall responsibility of conducting the affairs of the association.

As the oldest and most widely recognized professional organizations for surgical technologists, AST has more than 45,000 members and represents the interests of more than 80,000 practitioners nationwide. AST actively promotes education for the profession; legislatively advocates for practitioner recognition; supports state-level constituent organizations; and has committed to students as the future of the profession.

For 25 years, Elliott, both a certified surgical technologist and a registered nurse, has served as the program director of the Surgical Technology department at Holmes. Elliott, the first from Mississippi titled with the Fellow of the Association of Surgical Technologists designation, recently completed her second term as a director on the Association of Surgical Technologists National Board of Directors.

For more information about the Association of Surgical Technologists, visit more information about the surgical technology program at Holmes, contact Elliott at or (662) 227-2310.


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