About Us

The purpose of the Jeffrey Bear Foundation is to memorialize Steven "Jeffrey Bear'" Godbey, Jr., DVM by continuing his legacy in the Leon County community: providing charitable support to causes consistent with his values. In addition, because of the sad circumstances of his passing, we work to support efforts to educate the community about the pandemic of suicide among veterinary staff and support suicide prevention and health and wellness resources for veterinary staff.
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Board of Directors


Thomas Holt, DVM

Former Florida State Veterinarian



Judy Mandrell

Doctorate in Christian Education

Host of Real Talk with Judy (95.3 FM)


Cyndi Godbey

Jeffrey Bear’s Mother


Scott Buchanan

Local Musician/Entrepreneur


Ralph DeMeo, J.D.

Legal Counsel and Animal Advocate

Debra Fadool, PhD

FSU Pre-Vet Club Sponsor

Steve Godbey

Jeffrey Bear’s Father

Shonda Knight

Executive Director, Community and Media Relations

Leon County Sheriff’s Office

Jeremy Matlow

Esteemed Mentor of “Jeffrey Bear”

Glen Wright, DVM

Director of Veterinary Technology, FAMU