AFO Board Of Directors
We are grateful to our Board of Directors for volunteering their time, talents, and resources to further the mission of the Alzheimer's Family Organization.
Sharon was born and raised in Medford, New York and relocated to Florida in 2013. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University and her Master's degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph's University. Since moving to Florida in 2013, she has worked in the field of victim advocacy. Sharon is currently the Victim Services Manager for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Her role at the Sheriff's Office also includes working with individuals with dementia/Alzheimer's and their family members. Sharon became involved with the AFO to help address law enforcement training to improve law enforcement response to individuals with Alzheimer's and their families.
Alexander Powell joined the Board of Directors in November of 2018, and after first being both a supporter and then a committee member for our Villages Walk, He became the Secretary for the Board of Directors. Alexander has supported the AFO in multiple counties including Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties and has recently relocated to Pinellas county where he serves as the Executive Director of Market Street East Lake, an assisted living community specializing in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia-Related disorders. Alexander holds his Masters in Business Administration from Saint Leo University, and when he is not working he is most likely spending his time with his two sons, Alexander Jr (AJ) and Jaxon.
Tyler was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, until moving to Florida with his family as a teenager. He and his family relocated to the Sunshine State so his ill grandfather could be in a better environment to enjoy his remaining time on earth. Tyler became committed to the health care field after learning the struggles of his grandfather and developed a passion for serving others in the health care arena. He went on to work in medical practices, hospitals, and rehabs and is currently growing with Concierge Home Care as a Senior Care Liaison since 2015. In 2017, Tyler graduated from Rasmussen College in Ocala with a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and is currently on scholarship at the Mitchell-Hamline School of Law to complete his certificate in Law & Leadership in Healthcare. In his free time, Tyler enjoys fishing, boating, running, and working with his animals on the farm in Lady Lake, Florida. As a board member since March 2018, Tyler hopes to grow awareness for Alzheimer's and help others navigate the complexities of health care.
Ron was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania and moved to Florida after earning his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Penn State University. Ron has been married to Danielle for over 10 years. They have on daughter, Hayden and one son, Noah. Ron is a Financial Adviser with Edward Jones where he focuses on serving the financial needs of individual investors of all ages and financial means. He has built his business by treating clients as he would want to be treated, a simple idea that still makes sense in today's complex marketplace. Ron serves clients of all backgrounds throughout the country.
Ron was exposed to Dementia at a young age. After watching his great grandmother suffer through the disease, and the impact it had on his family, he has always admired the caregiver's strength and perseverance. Ron joined the Alzheimer's Family Organization Board of Directors in 2017 and works closely with the financial, medical and educational aspect of the organization.
Edmund Spinks is founding attorney of the Spinks Law Firm. He focuses his practices in the area of elder law and disability planning in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Spinks graduated from the University of South Florida and attended law school at Florida State University. He is admitted to the Florida and Hawaii Bar associations and has been practicing law since 2000. Mr. Spinks retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2011 with his over twenty-five years of military service.
Dr. Mary Stedman
Mary Stedman, MD, is the Medical Director and Principal Investigator at Stedman Clinical Trials in Tampa, Florida. Since 1997, Dr. Stedman has been investigating new treatment options for many chronic health conditions through clinical trial research studies. By combining her clinical research experience with her extensive pharmaceutical knowledge, Dr. Stedman has created one of the most respected clinical trial sites in the area.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Pharmacy from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Dr. Stedman went on to complete her Doctor of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She remained in Tampa and at the University of South Florida to complete her residency training in psychiatry and child psychiatry. Dr. Stedman is a board-certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
When she’s not researching the benefits of new treatment options to improve various health conditions, Dr. Stedman is taking care of patients at her independent private practice. There, she provides compassionate care to all and specializes in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, and depression.
Peg was born in Indiana and raised a Hoosier. She moved to Florida 21 years ago. Peg loves to fish and enjoys spending time with the elderly, her family and all her grandchildren. She loves to socialize and is friendly to all. Peg has a very welcoming personality and a great sense of humor.
Peg and her husband Ron opened their first Visiting Angels home care in 2006 in Orlando/Winter Park after my Mom passed away. Five years ago, they then opened franchises in both Clermont and The Villages. In 2019 Peg went to classes to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She believes that 82% of all her clients have some form of Dementia. Her training and years of experience have taught her to be able to identify and work successfully through many situations over the last 14 years. This training and experience have allowed her to grow and succeed in both her business, career and in her personal life.