María de los Ángeles Ordóñez, DNP, ARNP-BC, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Director
Dr. María Ordóñez is a board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner who specializes in caring for the older adult through the diagnosis, treatment and management of acute and chronic conditions that are generally associated with aging. Her practice experience encompasses nursing rehabilitation facilities (skilled nursing, post-acute and long term care) and memory disorder clinic. Dr. Ordóñez’s scholarly accomplishments have focused on improving health outcomes of older adults transitioning from the hospital to the skilled nursing facilities post open heart surgery and with cognitive impairment. Enhancing care in the skilled nursing facilities through excellence in clinical practice and care coordination has been the focus of Dr. Ordóñez’s doctoral work/Capstone.
Currently, Dr. Ordóñez works full-time as the Director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center. She performs initial comprehensive, memory-focused assessments for older adults and participates as a member of a multidisciplinary team in enhancing continuity of care as a response to the person’s lived experience. Dr. Ordóñez also leads and facilitates clinical practicum opportunities for students of our college as well as other disciplines (medicine, social work, and counseling). Dr. Ordóñez is a faculty member and Assistant Professor in The Practice Teaching Track of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing engaged in clinical practice, teaching, and research, co-creating and sustaining healing environments and relationships through caring.
Debra Hain, PhD, ARNP, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP
Dr. Debra Hain is a doctoral prepared nurse practitioner who is dual board certified as an Adult and Gerontological nurse practitioner and has over 30 years of nursing experience. She is an Associate Professor/Lead AGNP faculty/FNP Site Coordinator-Davie Campus at Florida Atlantic University Christine E Lynn College of Nursing, and is one of the nurse practitioners at Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center. Her scholarship focuses on improving health outcomes of older adults with chronic kidney disease and/or cognitive impairment and palliative care of older adults with cognitive impairment and other advanced chronic illnesses. She has done podium and poster presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences. She has several manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals and clinical publications, and has authored several book chapters. She is a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Madeline Michel, ARNP- BC Geriontological Nurse Practitioner
Madeline Michel is from Haiti and has been living in the United States for the past 26 years. She received her Master’s degree as Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) from Florida Atlantic University in 2012 and was certified as a GNP the same year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She received a Post Master’s Certificate from Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in August 2013 and was certifies as a Family Nurse Practitioner in January 2014 by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She joined Florida Atlantic University as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty in August 2012. She taught clinical classes such as: Nursing Situations in Practice- Older Adults and Persons in Long-term and End- of-Life and Nursing Situation in Practice- Adult Acute Health. She obtained her Associate of Science in nursing degree at Broward Community College in August 2006 and her Baccalaureate in nursing from Florida Atlantic University in 2009. She joined the Louis and Anne Green Memory Wellness Center in August 2013 as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and provides comprehensive cognitive evaluations of older adults in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. She worked as a Registered Nurse in different acuity levels including Medical/Surgical, Intermediate Care and most recently Neuro/Surgical Intensive Care at several hospitals in the South Florida area.
Jay M. Weinstein, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Neuropsychologist
Dr. Weinstein received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973. For the past 25 years he has specialized in the clinical practice of neuropsychology and the evaluation of brain disorders. Prior to joining the staff at the Memory & Wellness Center, he was Director of Neuropsychology at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami School of Medicine. He was also Director of Psychology at Villa Maria Skilled Nursing Facility & Bon Secours Geriatric Rehabilitation Hospital. He has been an adjunct professor at the graduate level in psychology at many South Florida universities and continues to mentor and supervisor graduate students. In addition to his work at the Memory & Wellness Center, he enjoys his private practice serving the tri-county region.
Glenda Russell Connolly, MSW, LCSW, Coordinator of Family Services
Glenda Connolly's education includes a Master's Degree in Social Work and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Florida International University and a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from Barry University.
She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She serves on the Ethics Committee of the Florida Chapter of NASW. She is past volunteer for the Guardianship Program of the State Attorney's Office in Broward County.
Her professional experience includes over 20 years in social work, with 13 years as Director of Social Services in a skilled nursing facility and ten years of private practice as a psychotherapist and consultant. She has also worked 14 years as a Field Instructor for both FAU and FIU, providing internships to social work students.
Michelle Cooper, MSW, CMC, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern - Outreach Facilitator
Michelle Cooper’s education includes a Master’s in Social Work and Aging Certificate from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Gerontology Certificate from the University of Florida.
Michelle is a Certified Care Manager and a Member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Her professional experience includes more than 20 years of social work experience with 16 years as a Director of Social Services in several Skilled Nursing Facilities, 5 years as a Certified Care Manager, and 6 years working in Home Health Services. She is currently the Outreach Facilitator at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center.
Connie Simonetti, Clinic Administrator
Connie Simonetti grew up and worked for most of her adult life in Miami as a program and systems analyst for various industries. In 2002, after moving to Boca Raton, she became involved with the Memory and Wellness Center after seeing an advertisement for volunteers for a research project for seniors with memory loss. Being interested in the effects of memory loss, she volunteered for over a year and then accepted her current position with the Center.
Bertha Tappen, BBA, Assistant Budget Coordinator
Bertha Tappen is originally from Venezuela and has been working in the accounting field since she finished high school. Upon arrival in the U.S. she first set her mind to adapt to a new culture and language along with obtaining her Associates Degree at the Broward Community College. After becoming the mother of two boys, she came to Florida Atlantic University to continue her education. While pursuing her Bachelors Degree, she became a staff member of the Memory & Wellness Center in the Accounting Department.
Bertha earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (Major Accounting) in 2007. She describes her experience with the Memory & Wellness Center as a very positive learning experience, not only as a professional but also personally through caring and placing people first. She is also currently involved with a volunteer program with the IRS to help low income seniors prepare their personal tax returns. Her goal is to get her Master of Business Administration Degree and have the opportunity to volunteer in different programs to benefit seniors.
Barbara Curtis, BA, Day Center Manager
Barbara Curtis received a BA in Health Administration from Florida Atlantic University and an Associate’s degree in Accounting/Business from Broward Community College.
Barbara has been involved in serving the needs of seniors in South Florida since 1981.She served in several capacities with various home health agencies, including Upjohn Healthcare Services, Professional Care, Inc. and Friends Assisting Seniors. For ten years Ms. Curtis worked for the Mae Volen Senior Center in Boca Raton. While there she held positions as Adult Day Care Activities Coordinator, Director of Senior Center Programs, Senior Wellness Program Supervisor and Director of Community Relations. Barbara was also employed by the City of Deerfield Beach and worked for nearly six years at the Northeast Focal Point Senior Center. At this facility, Barbara served as Case Manager for the Alzheimer's Day Care program and Social Services Coordinator for the facility.
During her career, she has been actively affiliated with numerous community organizations including Professional Resource Network, Elder Services Resource Network, Alliance for Dementia Professionals, Broward Coalition on Aging, Women in Healthcare, Humanitarian Society, Inc., Florida Association of Senior Centers and Florida Adult Day Service Association.
Belinda Murray, RN, Assistant Day Center Manager and Nurse
Belinda Murray graduated from Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio with an Associate of Science in Nursing. She came to Florida in 1982 from Cleveland, Ohio and worked in long-term care for fifteen years. She has worked in adult day centers for the last 14 years. Most recently she worked for the Wilton Manor Adult Day Center as Center Coordinator and Nursing Coordinator of their three Adult Day Centers in Broward County. She started work at the Memory and Wellness Center in July 2006.
Taylor Blake, MS
Taylor Blake’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and French from Denison University. She has a wealth of experience working with individuals suffering from neurological disorders that compromise cognitive functioning. Taylor has worked extensively in the research industry helping to develop and implement rehabilitation treatments for adults and children with brain injury and disease. In addition to these research experiences, Taylor’s clinical work has focused primarily on older adults populations suffering from stroke, brain injury, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. At the Green Memory and Wellness Center, Taylor is responsible for creating, implementing, and facilitating programs that are cognitively, creatively, socially, and physically stimulating for our participants.
Ruby Hall, Licensed Practical Nurse
Ruby Hall was born and raised in Southern Illinois. She attended and graduated nursing school in Broward County, Florida. Before coming to the Day Center of the Memory and Wellness Center she worked in the medical field for 25 years in various settings, including hospitals, physician offices, and as a visiting nurse and private duty nurse.
Cheryl Falk, Registered Nurse
Originally from New York, Cheryl Falk has lived in Florida most of her life. She received a Bachelor's degree in anthropology and photojournalism from the University of Florida and Associate degree in Emergency Medical Science from Palm Beach Community College (PBCC). She obtained her nursing degree from PBSC in December 2010. Cheryl originally came to the Center as a volunteer in 2007, served as a paid Activities Assistant for 4 years, and is now a valuable part of our nursing team.
Nathlee Henry Lobban, Nursing Assistant
Nathlee was born in Jamaica. She has provided home assistance for many patients through agency assignments and also under private duty arrangements. Nathlee obtained her Home Health Aide certification from Ruby's Academy of Health Occupations.
Jaimee Schulson, MSW, Assistant to the Manager
Jaimee Schulson was born and raised in South Florida and earned her BA Degree in Psychology from New College of Florida. After graduation, Jaimee spent two years working primarily with a children and families, initially as a residential counselor with Eliada Homes in Asheville, NC and then as a family support worker for Healthy Families in Tallahassee, FL. Jaimee then earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Graduate Certificate in Aging from Florida Atlantic University. As a graduate student, Jaimee served as a clinical social work intern at the Memory and Wellness Center. Jaimee realized that she might have found her niche serving a senior population and after completing her internship in May of 2013, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to continuing working in a full-time position at the Center.
Barbara Weinberg, MSW, Case Manager
Barbara Weinberg obtained her Master in Social Work from Boston University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York in Albany. Additionally, she has post-graduate certificates in Gerontology and in Case Management.
Barbara has over 17 years of professional experience providing supportive counseling, psychosocial assessments, and case management services to older adults and their families. Additionally, as a Program Manager with the Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach County/Treasure Coast, she monitored and audited provider agencies to ensure compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations.
Barbara is currently the Case Manager for the Adult Day Care Center at the Green Memory and Wellness Center; a position she has held since June 2012.
Shari Sanzo, Activities Supervisor
Shari Sanzo is a native of Zanesfield, Ohio. She moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 1969 and graduated from Boca Raton Academy in 1978. She worked for nine years at the Volen Center as an Activity Assistant. She then went on to work as Activity Coordinator at the Levis Adult Day Center on the Boca Raton JCC Campus. She joined the Day Center staff of the Green Memory and Wellness Center in April 2006.
Valerie Wilson, Activities Supervisor
Valerie Wilson was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Early in her career she worked for the City of Windsor Recreation Department as a lifeguard and swim instructor, teaching all ages from infants to seniors.
Her college experience at St. Clair Community College led her to Union Gas, a utility company, where she worked for 23 years doing counseling & assisting customers. She moved to Florida in 1999 with her husband to enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer.
Valerie has volunteered for many organizations through the years. She came to the Memory and Wellness Center as a volunteer and was recruited to join the full-time staff in 2005.
Thelma DePamphilis, Activities Assistant
Thelma DePamphilis is originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She graduated High School in New York and has lived in Florida since 1991. Thelma came to the Memory and Wellness Center as a volunteer after being a caregiver for an Alzheimer's patient. She was hired by the Center following her faithful service as a volunteer.
Vicki Green, Activities Assistant
Vicki Green was born and raised in Ohio. She attended Ohio State University and majored in Liberal Arts. For a number of years she owned and managed an antique business and showed quarter horses throughout the east coast and Texas. She attended the local Area Agency on Aging's course on volunteer training and volunteered at a dementia-specific day center in Boynton Beach before coming to the Memory and Wellness Center - first as a volunteer and then as a staff member.
Patricia Saidon, MA, Art Instructor
Pat Saidon is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a Master's Degree in Art from the School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires and is a working artist. She also teaches numerous art classes for seniors in South Florida, including seniors with memory impairment.
Anna Lisa Curtis, BS, BrainsGain Facilitator
Anna Lisa Curtis is a summa cum laude graduate of Florida Atlantic University. She currently works as a Research Coordinator seeking new interventions for Alzheimer’s disease at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. She came to the Center as a volunteer and eventually served as a research assistant and activities assistant on a number of projects at the Memory and Wellness Center. She is an accomplished seminar designer and facilitator and currently offers the "Brain’s Gain" workshop at the Center.
Vera Paley, Certified Yoga Instructor
Vera Paley has been a Certified Yoga Instructor for over 20 years and practitioner of yoga for over 40 years. Her career history has also included the management of a university book store and management of a hotel/resort. She currently offers numerous yoga classes at the Center each week. She offers Gentle Chair Yoga for Day Center participants and a separate class for caregivers. She also offers one chair class and one mat class for the general public each week.
Dr. Benjamin A. Bensadon
Dr. Benjamin A. Bensadon, Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program’s Geriatrics & Palliative Care rotation, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science in the Department of Integrated Medical Science, Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, is a licensed clinical geropsychologist. He develops, implements, and evaluates training curricula in classroom and clinical settings for medical students, residents, and other health sciences trainees; has worked clinically in long-term care/geriatric rehabilitation, outpatient primary care, and specialty settings; and he conducts clinical and medical education research. He received his doctoral training at the University of Florida and completed a Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship in the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is editor of a collaborative text co-written by physicians and psychologists titled Psychology and Geriatrics: Integrated Care for an Aging Population (Elsevier), and has co-authored book chapters on management decisions in mild cognitive impairment (Clinics in Geriatric Medicine) and geriatric neurology (Scientific American in press). Dr. Bensadon has published and lectured nationally and internationally.