Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225  

Staff Bios

Dana J. Doody

Executive Director


Dana J. Doody is the Executive Director of the Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Doody brings more than 13 years of nonprofit experience to the position and most recently served as director of development with the North Florida Land Trust, where she raised more than $3 million. She is also is a Florida Master Naturalist (Uplands Graduate).

Previously, Dana worked as an Account Manager for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she created the Health Council for the Chamber – which remains one of the chamber’s most successful councils. She also worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where she oversaw three events and added a new event – CF Climb – which was well-received for the town of Gainesville. She was named a Jacksonville Business Journal ‘Woman of Influence’ in 2018.

Doody grew up on the Westside of Jacksonville and attended Florida State College at Jacksonville. She is also a graduate of the Presidents Program of Sandler Sales Institute.

Grace Stallone

Marketing Intern


Grace is a student at the University of North Florida, but she grew up on the Space Coast. She is studying public relations with a minor in marketing and she plans to pursue a master’s after she graduates. In her free time, she enjoys many artistic hobbies, spending time in nature, and spending time with family and friends. She chose the Arboretum as her senior internship because of her intrinsic love for nature and the earth. She is beyond excited to join the team here at the Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens!


Taylor Kernan

Public Relations Intern


Taylor is a student at the University of North Florida studying public relations with a minor in creative writing. She likes to spend her free time outdoors reading and spending time with her cat, Weasley! She chose the arboretum as her internship because being from Jacksonville, it has held special memories from her childhood. She looks forward to learning about the care and community behind the arboretum as she interns at Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens!


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