DCCI Task Force

(Dementia Care and Cure Initiative) Task Force

The DCCI Task Force 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 DCCI Task Force is charged with developing dementia caring communities in Broward County. The Goals of the Task Force 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 Task Force, please contact Chief Executive Officer Charlotte Mather-Taylor at mathertaylorc@adrcbroward.org or by calling 954-745-9567.



Charlotte Mather-Taylor, Chair

Aging and Disability Resource Center

Cynthia Peterson

Broward County Medical Association


Dr. Naushira Pandya, M.D.

Nova Southeastern College


Dr. Murray H. Todd

Community Advocate


Shelly Greenberg

Community Advocate


Jennifer Braisted

Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Florida


Philip Solomon

Philip Solomon and Associates


Ingrid Simpson

Florida Department of Children and Families


Kathleen Bente, JD 

Florida Department of Children and Families


Sweta Tewary, PhD, MSW, MS

Nova Southeastern College


Antoinette Buckham - Charles

Broward Health North

Memory Disorder Clinic


Steve Strumpf

Oakmont Village of Davie

Karen Herr, RN

Quantum Laboratories


Timothy G. Curtin

Memorial Healthcare System


Renee Podolsky

Department of Health


Donna DeFronzo, NHA

Department of Active Aging


Commissioner Anthony Caggiano

City of Margate


Diann Geronemus, LCSW, CCM

Community Advocate


Lt. Edward Rafailovitc

Broward County Sheriff’s Office


Andrea Busada, Director

Broward County Elderly and Veterans Services


Stephanie Scott, MSSW, PhD

United Way of Broward


Heidi Friedman, Esquire

Friedman Elder Law Department


Traci Schweitzer

Florida Department of Children and Families


Rosanna D Tavares

SouthCentral/SouthEast Focal Point


Lessep Duncan

Broward County Elderly & Veterans Services 

Darlene Brown-Ponder

Tender Loving Care Adult Day Health Center


Deborah Golden

Florida Department of Children and Families


Jillian Castellano

The Monarch at Coconut Creek


Irma M. Diaz

Homewatch CareGivers of Southwest Broward


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

Florida Department of Children & Families


Lymari Rivera

Mount Sinai Medical Center


Elizabeth Lombardo

Aging and Disability Resource Center


Katrina Davenport

SouthCentral/SouthEast Focal Point


Manon Lapage

University Hospital and Medical Center


Carl Eyre

Dementia Director, Department of Elder Affairs