DCCI Task Force

DCCI 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 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 the Executive Director Charlotte Mather-Taylor.



Charlotte Mather-Taylor, Executive Director, Chair

Aging and Disability Resource Center

Milena Cedeno-Oblinger, Supervisor, Co-Chair

President & CEO  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward

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


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