Matthew D. Barry is an associate attorney with the Nature Coast Law Offices of Gregory G. Gay, P.A. He was born in Tampa, Florida and attended Springstead High School, in Spring Hill. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Ave Maria University in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2010. In 2013, Matthew earned his Juris Doctor cum laude from Nova Southeastern University and was admitted to the Florida Bar. During law school, he was a member of the Nova Law Review.
1st Vice President
Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Sue has moved 24 times so she is no longer sure what to say if you ask her “Where are you from?”. After college and many years of office management and human resources work, Sue decided to, as a hobby become a Certified Nurse Aide not knowing it would come in handy when her husband was diagnosed with a rare, early onset dementia called Fronto Temporal Dementia. When he passed at age 65 her passion to serve others, especially seniors and caregivers intensified. She now owns and operates Seniors Helping Seniors in the Spring Hill and West Pasco County areas.
2nd Vice President
Cheryl attended Ray Vogue School of Design in Chicago, Il. After graduating she joined Ethan Allen Furniture as an Interior Designer. She then became a National Trainer for Ethan Allen and spent several years traveling and training the Retail Store Network. Cheryl later joined Bassett Furniture as their Director of Training. After her Husband retired she found herself in the Villages, FL. She has one Son who is a firefighter/EMT in Orange County. She enjoys biking, golf and boating.
John is a native Floridian and a graduate of the University of Central Florida. He has owned and managed seven tax and accounting offices in Pasco, Hernando, and Pinellas Counties over the past 16 years. He is an Enrolled Agent and experienced in personal and business taxation. In addition, he is a Registered Representative with Cetera Financial Specialists, LLC.
As owners of Senior Helpers in The Villages Home Health, Bernie and his wife, Bette, are committed to helping others by providing the highest quality of in-home care possible. Bernie was born in Michigan and grew up north of Detroit in Bloomfield Hills. He served in the Army and has a degree in Industrial Management from Lawrence Institute of Technology. Florida became home in 1980, and his business for 25 years, Fitzgerald Advertising, taught him many lessons, good and bad, with great accomplishments and valuable mistakes from which he learned and grew. Bernie isn’t shy when he says, “The most important lesson my years have taught me is that God, family and business come in that order.”
Bonnie is married and has lived in Sumter County for twenty-four years, having lived most her life in Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. She became involved the Alzheimer’s Family Organization fourteen years ago when she started working in an assisted living memory care residence in Leesburg. Up to then, she had no previous knowledge of Alzheimer’s but with having an office in a memory care facility, she learned and become very educated with dementias.
Debbie was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but has been in Florida since she was 17. Like too many, her introduction to Alzheimer’s and dementia was the necessity to provide care for her husband for six years. She became a member of Alzheimer’s Family Organization at that time and has maintained her membership since 2005. After her husband’s death in 2010, she took a job as an administrative assistant at an Assisted Living Facility, became core trained and certified, then became an administrator of an Assisted Living Facility that focused on memory care. Under her administration she earned an AHCA deficiency-free rating. Debbie is currently developing her own consulting company called Coping With Dementia, LLC. She is a passionate advocate of improved training for professional care staff toward a more understanding and compassionate level of care that is required to manage a person with dementia.
Senior Helpers owner/ CEO, Glen Scharfeld, M.S. is a Home Health Agency Administrator and Senior Care Specialist of several years, who also possesses over 20 years’ experience as a veteran law enforcement officer. As a Sheriff’s patrol supervisor, Glen conducted and oversaw multiple police investigations involving elderly victims. Glen has several years of experience in assisting, supporting and developing important daily solutions for our vulnerable, aging and frail population and their families. Glen works diligently with his team of Nurses and Client Care Team to ensure the safety and protection of Senior Helpers’ clients and personnel. Senior Helpers also does very important work in educating Veterans about various types of home based benefits that are available to them. Glen is certified through the State of Florida to teach Alzheimer’s education for Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) to various professionals in the medical community.
Rick is a native Floridian from Sanford, Florida. After becoming a firefighter and working with Orange County Fire Rescue for almost 10 years Rick married and moved to Lake County where he and his wife Pam now live. During the 20 years they have been together they raised their 3 children who all live here in central Florida. During that 20 years Rick began a new career in home healthcare including working with durable medical equipment, marketing home health services, and private duty care. Rick says he enjoys his job more than ever now working for Senior Helpers providing personal in home care. Rick has an Aunt who struggled with Alzheimer’s disease until her passing and his wife Pam’s Grandmother also struggled with AD. Rick has a passion for anyone suffering with the difficulties of the disease and especially those providing care. Since becoming a support group facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Family Organization four years ago, Rick now facilitates 3 support groups in Lake County and was voted to the board of directors for the AFO in 2015. 2016 will mark Rick’s fourth year participating in the annual AFO fundraiser walk as he is a committee chairperson for the upcoming event. While Rick and his wife live on 5 acres in north Leesburg, it allows them time to enjoy their horses and chickens. They also love camping, canoeing, and spending time with friends around a bonfire.
As a native of New Jersey, Kathleen moved to Florida in 2000. She attended Burlington Community College, Pasco Hernando College and Rasmussen College. She has spent a lifetime caring for the needs of the elderly community. In 1984, while volunteering for hospice, her passion in caring for others bloomed. Kathleen worked as a caregiver from 1988 to 1992. After a promotion as office staff member, she quickly moved up to regional manager for the state of New Jersey handling 3 offices and approximately 400 clients. Kathleen opened Elder Assistance, a privately owned agency, in 2002. She has been servicing the local elderly community for the past 14 year. In 2003, she was awarded a National Leadership Award by President Bush. As the primary caregiver of her 92-year-old grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s, Kathleen has firsthand knowledge on the toll the disease takes on the families and caregivers on both a professional and personal level. Because of this, she has a special interest in the study and supports of the Alzheimer’s population due to the personal involvement her family and herself has with the disease and the process the patients face on daily basis. She has devoted herself to the Alzheimer’s community to ensure that no one is left to face this horrible disease alone.
Greg Perkins, was born in Detroit and raised in Utica, Michigan. He and his lovely wife Cindy have been married 40 years and live in Spring Hill now. Greg and Cindy have three great children and now their first grand-baby.
Greg holds a Master’s Degree from Oakland University, his background is Psychology, and he worked for over 30 years in the field of Human Services. This included working with developmentally delayed adults, foster care, and adoption, emergency hotlines and 15 years with individuals with dementia. Greg has trained many in the field of parenting, cognitive loss, and dementia. He is now retired from Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County in Michigan. His volunteer work includes Crime Watch and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT – a nationwide, Federal, FEMA program), and he served on the Board of Directors for Southeastern American Indians.
Greg loves to travel, read, and help others. He has a rare depth and capacity for compassion (which you will feel when you read the article he wrote for this newsletter), and I can tell you this… with all of his education, experience, and diverse interests, we are counting our blessings that he chose to help govern the AFO.
Kathy oversees the clinical operations for patients of Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care, which serves Pasco County residents exclusively.
Kathy started working at Gulfside Regional Hospice (now known as Gulfside Hospice) in 2004 as the director of nursing. She also served as both Vice President of Operations and Chief Operations Officer before being promoted recently to her current position.
Before working at Gulfside, Kathy previously worked as the Director of Corporate Compliance at Good Shepherd Hospice in Lakeland for four years. She also worked for more than 15 years at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories as a member of the technical staff.
Originally from Colonia, NJ, she graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA and completed her MBA with a healthcare management focus at American Intercontinental University in Hoffman Estates, IL. She is also a certified healthcare compliance professional. Kathy and her husband, John, now live in Lakeland, and they have three children.