Committees

DCCI Committee

The DCCI Committee is composed of local Broward community leaders charged with developing dementia caring communities in Broward County.  Florida has the second-highest incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the nation – only behind California. There are approximately 560,000 individuals currently living with Alzheimer’s disease in the state of Florida with projections that more than 720,000 individuals will be living with the disease by 2025. These figures do not include other forms of dementia or the millions who serve as caregivers. 

 
The goals of the Council are to:

  1. Increase awareness of dementia, services, and supports Accomplished through educational events, the media, and joint efforts with community leaders and stakeholders, including partnering state agencies. 
  2. Provide assistance to dementia caring communities Each participating community is supported by the Department of Elder Affairs to produce and implement community-specific action-oriented plans. 
  3. Continue advocacy for care and cure programs Advocating for the funding of programs that care for both those diagnosed with dementia.


If you are interested in joining the Council please contact the Executive Director Charlotte Mather-Taylor.

 

DEMENTIA CARE AND CURE INITIATIVE (DCCI) COMMITTEE

Charlotte Mather-Taylor, Executive Director, Chair

Aging and Disability Resource Center

 
Milena Cedeno-Oblinger, Supervisor, Co-Chair

Memory Disorder Center  

Broward Health North
 

Laura Copeland, Program Coordinator    

Dementia Care and Cure Initiative

Department of Elder Affairs
Bureau of Elder Rights
 

Dr. Naushira Pandya, M.D.

Professor and Chair

Department of Geriatrics
Project Director, Geriatric Education Center
Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nova Southeastern College                                                   
 

Dr. Murray H. Todd

Community Advocate

 

Shelly Greenberg

Community Advocate

 

Jennifer Braisted

Senior Public Policy Manager

Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Florida

 

Philip Solomon

Philip Solomon and Associates

Karen Herr, RN

Quantum Laboratories

 

Timothy G. Curtin

Memorial Healthcare System

 

Renee Podolsky

Community Health Director

Department of Health

 

Donna DeFronzo, NHA

Department of Active Aging

 

Mayor Anthony Caggiano

City of Margate

 

Diann Geronemus, LCSW, CCM

Community Advocate

 

Captain Scott Russell

Broward County Sheriff’s Office

 

Andrea Busada, Director

Broward County Elderly and Veterans Services

 

Dawn Liberta

Florida Department of Children and Families

Circuit 17 – Broward County

 

Stephanie Scott, MSSW, PhD

Principal Researcher

United Way of Broward

 

Heidi Friedman, Esquire

Friedman Elder Law Department

Lewis Beyda

Owner/Operator

Coral Springs Adult Day Care

 

Darlene Brown-Ponder

Tender Loving Care Adult Day Health Center

 

Deborah Golden

Florida Department of Children and Families

Adult Protective Services

 

Karin Diaz

Northwest Focal Point Senior Center

 

Irma M. Diaz

Homewatch CareGivers of Southwest Broward

 

Margaret (Maggie) R. de Cambre Borges, M.Sc.

Florida Department of Children & Families

 

Lymari Rivera

Florida PACE Centers

 

Elizabeth Hames, D.O., CMD

Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nova Southeastern University

 

Elizabeth Lombardo

Aging and Disability Resource Center