What would you do if you were faced with becoming a full-time caregiver? 2022 was a tough year for Natalie Elliott Handy. In March her husband was diagnosed with cancer. In April she was made CEO of Intercept Health. Thankfully, as of October 2022, her husband is now cancer free. In the midst of all this Natalie and her two sisters decided to start up a podcast called “Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver”.
(They are caregivers to their mother, who has Parkinson’s disease)

Natalie and Kristina talk about the experience of caregiving- feeling isolated, guilty, and overwhelmed.
Natalie is one of those people who opens her heart to the world, and when things get tough, she just opens it wider. This is a story of renewed faith, the power of prayer, and finding courage in the face of adversity. It’s also about God’s perfect timing and finding a renewed faith in God in New York City during her husband’s cancer treatments.

Natalie Elliott Handy, MSW, a seasoned healthcare executive with a passion for serving others. Ms. Handy is the Chief Executive Officer at Intercept Health, a behavioral and mental health company based out of Richmond, Virginia. Serving on the executive team since 2013, Natalie is responsible for ensuring Intercept’s 675 plus employees provide the highest quality services to the 1500 plus lives served every week. Throughout Ms. Handy’s 24+ years in the health and human services industry, she has worked with children and their families, partnering with local and state level government agencies and community organizations, to meet critical mental and behavioral health needs. She takes pride in being seen as a mental health concierge, helping families and agencies navigate the system to find the most appropriate service. When gaps in the continuum are identified, Natalie responds by creating new services and programs. She believes in the power of advocacy, using her voice and position to bring macro level change on the local, state, and federal levels, serving on committees, task forces, planning groups, and boards. In August 2022, she was honored to be appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin to serve on the State Executive Council for Children’s Services. Natalie has a passion for training, offering education and information to positively impact others, both internally and to the community at large.

In September 2022, Natalie, with her sisters J.J. Elliott-Hill and Emilie Elliott founded Sisterhood of Care, an organization offering caregivers a safe place to relate, learn, be inspired, find hope, and obtain the critical resources needed to support their loved one while also maintaining their sense of self. Natalie and J.J. formally launched their website and blog, Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver, in October 2022, followed by their Confessions podcast in January 2023.

Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Hollins College and Master of Social Work at West Virginia University. Originally from outside Knoxville, TN, Natalie has over twenty-four years of experience in the mental health field and has worked primarily with children and adolescents. Natalie currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia with her husband Jason and fur children, Winston the Bulldog and Daisy the Beagle.