Jessica Nakos is passionate about occupational science, nature-based occupations and occupational therapy education. Her clinical experience includes In-Patient Psych, In-Patient Spinal cord injury, and skilled nursing facility settings. She also has experience with community advocacy and local politics through her past role as Commissioner for the City of Bertram Planning and Zoning Committee. Jessica helped co-found a Texas non-profit organization focused on preservation, development and accessibility of natural green spaces and parks. She currently splits supervision of level II fieldwork students at the ARC of St. Johns, a community facility serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and maintains an active membership with the Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Society for the Study of Occupation: USA (SSO: USA) and World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). Jessica is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She transitioned to the St. Augustine, FL campus from the Austin, TX campus where she was an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Lead Instructor of fieldwork courses.