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.
Bill was born in Alexandria, Virginia and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Bill began his career in the home health industry in 2011 first with Comfort Keepers and has been with Senior Helpers in Hernando, Citrus and East Pasco since 2014. In his role as Client Service Manager has made countless partnerships with many facilities in the service area. He has been married for seventeen years. He has one son and one daughter. His son has four children, ranging in ages 3 years to 20 years in age.
Bill joined the Alzheimer’s Family Organization Board of Directors in July of 2017. Since joining us, he has been a very active participant on the Board. He ensures the Virtual Dementia Tour is available for our events in the service area of Senior Helper’s. Bill has also jumped in with positive feedback on changes we could make to become more successful. He has become the Editor of The Caregiver’s Companion, and serves on the Marketing Sub-committee. Bill brings enthusiasm, knowledge, and commitment to his role on the Board.
Helayne joined the Alzheimer’s Family Organization Board in May of 2018, later she was voted in as the Treasurer of the Board. She and her husband are co-owners of Shomax Bookkeeping Solutions located in Spring Hill; her background is in bookkeeping and accounting has been a positive influence for the AFO. She lived in New York for 38 years, South Carolina for 10 years as well as 13 years in Nevada prior to moving to Florida. She has 5 sons and 6 grandchildren.
Helayne has over 35 years’ experience in bookkeeping and accounting and has been in management positions for non-profit organizations. She has served on the Finance Committee for The Humane Society, a member of the Rotary, Committee Chair for the Boy Scouts as well as on their fundraising committee. She was a boy scout merit badge counselor and a Hernando County Chamber Diplomat. In her spare time, Helayne likes to cook and travel.
Michael was born in Princeton, New Jersey and relocated to Florida as a child where he grew up in the New Port Richey area. In 2003 he and his wife, Louisa built a home. Michael and Louisa have been married for 18 years and have one son, Christopher who is 17 years old. They have 2 (high energy) Beagles named Baxter & Chelsea. Michael has worked for BB&T for 13 years (9 of which have been in Spring Hill.) His wife is an office manager for Brooks Health and Rehab in Bayonet Point and their son is completing his senior year at Weeki Wachee High School. The Bennetto's hobbies include spending time with their close circle of friends (whom they consider family), camping, trail riding on 4 wheelers, and many other outdoor activities. Michael also enjoys spending time in his community and making a difference where he can. Michael has been a Board member of AFO since 2017.
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.
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.
Bobbie Miller was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, she is a huge EAGLES fan!! She moved to Florida in 2002 and has done youth ministry for 23 years. Her passion for volunteering and helping others has extended from Youth Ministry, to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, The Dawn Center, Hospice House and many more charities. Bobbie is now working with seniors at Atria Senior Living in Clearwater as the Community Sales and Marketing Director and has been with them over 2 years. She joined our Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Organization in March of 2018 and is an AFO Support Group Leader at her community.
Bobbie is recently married to Retired Commander Lawrence M Miller, (Mac). When they first met, they discovered Bobbie was Lawrence's children's youth leader, she never met him because he was always deployed but knew his children very well, they discovered that his two daughters and her two daughters were all friends. Between them they have nine children. Bobbie has three children and one grandson who is five years old and Mac has four children.
Bobbie and Mac have a little side business called " That Special Piece". They go to garage sales and repurpose furniture, they use some of their creative pieces as donations for fundraisers. Just a fun hobby they can do together. They love to travel and most of all be out on the beach and take long walks and watch the sunset. They both have a passion for volunteering and now work as a team to give back to the community. The AFO is very lucky to have Bobbie as a Board member and we are thankful for all she does for the organization.
Alexander Powell joined our Board in November of 2018. Alexander represents The Villages on The Board. He first joined the AFO as a supporter and committee member for our Villages Walk. Alexander is the Director of Sales for Harbor Chase of Villages Crossing, Retirement and Assisted Living Facility located in Lady Lake. Alexander has an MBA from St. Leo University. Alexander is married and he and his wife (and their dog) are excited to be expecting their first child in January of 2020.
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.
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.