AFO Board Of Directors
Debbie Selsavage was introduced to dementia when she became a caregiver for her husband. Like many in her situation, she found it almost impossible to find information, support, and resources to deal with her difficult and exhausting task.
She believed there has to be a better way.
Debbie entered the field of memory care when she took a job as an administrative assistant at an assisted living facility, memory care in 2012. Within 18 months she became a certified administrator, earning a Deficiency-Free rating at a memory care facility.
She became a Certified Trainer in Teepa Snow’s highly respected Positive Approach to Care, and in 2015 launched her own company, Coping with Dementia LLC. A company aimed at education, training and bringing awareness to the community of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
It’s mission is to make life better for individuals and families living with dementia.
She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, certified in Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care, and President of the Alzheimer’s Family Organization Board of Directors, has a monthly column in the Citrus County Chronicle. Has been a member of The Alzheimer’s Family Organization since 2005.
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. Cheryl has been working with seniors since she moved to the Villages over 10 years ago. She currently the Executive Director of Mission Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care. She has two stepsons, one son, and two wonderful daughter in laws and six grandchildren ranging in age 23 years to 3 years. She loves spending time with her family and camping, boating and golfing.
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. The Fitzgerald’s have opened two Senior Helpers In Home Care offices specializing in care for folks that have Dementia/Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s along with other specialty care needs. Bernie serves on the AFO board of directors. 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.”
Glen ScharfeldSenior 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 10 years Rick married and moved to Lake County where he and his wife Pam now live. During the 22 years they have been together they raised their 3 children who all live here in Central Florida. Rick is currently employed in The Villages with the Vascular Vein Centers of Central Florida and continues to enjoy working in a position that allows him to help others maintain a healthy life. 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. He became an AFO support group facilitator in 2011 and continues to provide support for anyone in need. He was voted to the board of directors for the AFO in 2015 and has participated as a volunteer/chairperson in the annual AFO fundraiser walk since 2013. Living on 5 acres in north Leesburg allows Rick and his wife time to enjoy their horses and chickens. They also love fishing, boating, camping, and spending time with friends around a bonfire.