Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center
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.
Madeline Michel, ARNP- BC Gerontological 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.