DCCI Task Force

Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (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 580,000 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

Area Agency on Aging of Broward County

Cari Eyre, Dementia Director

Department of Elder Affairs


Amber Ladd, DCCI Coordinator

Department of Elder Affairs


Dr. Naushira Pandya, M.D.

Nova Southeastern College


Dr. Murray H. Todd

Community Advocate


Shelly Greenberg

Community Advocate


Jennifer Braisted

Alzheimer’s Association of SE Florida


Timothy G. Curtin

Memorial Healthcare System


Renee Podolsky

Department of Health


Commissioner Anthony Caggiano

City of Margate


Diann Geronemus, LCSW, CCM

Community Advocate

Andrea Busada, Director

Broward County Elderly & Veterans Services


Deborah Golden

Florida Department of Children & Families


Maggie R. de Cambre Borges, M.Sc.

Florida Department of Children & Families


Stephanie Scott, MSSW, PhD

United Way of Broward


Philip Solomon

Philip Solomon and Associates


Karen Herr, RN

Memory Center Research Facility


Heidi Friedman, Esquire

Friedman Elder Law Department


Darlene Brown-Ponder

Tender Loving Care Adult Day Health Center


Irma M. Diaz

Homewatch CareGivers of SW Broward


Lymari Rivera

Mount Sinai Medical Center

Katrina Davenport, Director

SouthCentral/SouthEast Focal Point


Lessep Duncan

Broward County Elderly & Veterans Services


Lieutenant Edward N. Rafailovitc, Ph.D.

Broward Sheriff's Office


Steven Strumpf

Oakmont Village of Davie


Antoinette Buckham-Charles

Broward Health North Memory Disorder Center


Cynthia S. Peterson

Broward County Medical Association


Caryn Blair, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics


Sweta Tewardy, PhD, MSW, MS

Nova Southeastern University


Elizabeth Lombardo

Aging and Disability Resource Center