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Governance

Lee Cooper - Treasurer

Lee is a recently retired Citrus County CPA. having worked  in Great Britain, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Southeast Asia.  Originally from Florida's panhandle, Lee holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Oklahoma.   His late wife, Janna DeMarta, lived with dementia for seven years, during which Lee states that he grasped at every hope to find a path to stop the progression of her disease.  He says, "I found hopelessness, confusion, and a feeling of abandonment. and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Treasurer on the board of Dementia Education, Inc. and make others’ care-partnering experiences more rewarding and compassionate."  He adds, "I follow college football, love to fish, read Hemingway, and tackle projects around the house."

His email is: dementiaedlee@gmail.com

Bob Gill - Vice President

Bob has had a peripatetic career starting with ten years in naval engineering, followed by stints with marine gas turbines and forging before landing in Crystal River in 1986.  He and his wife owned and operated Shrimp Landing on the Salt River until 2019 with the assistance of their six children. He remains very active in fishery management, policy, and education. Bob  currently serves as the commercial representative for Florida on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Other interests include opera, out of doors, reading, and landscaping, not to mention the children and 16 grandchildren!  His wife suffered from undiagnosed dementia for many years. Like many others, his care partnering was hampered by a lack of understanding how to provide the best care. He is honored to help fill that gap in Citrus County as a Director on the board of Dementia Education Inc.

His email is: dementiaedbob@gmail.com

 

Janet Mulligan - Secretary

Janet (Hemsworth) Mulligan was born in Staten Island, New York. She was raised in an Irish-Catholic family and along with her five sisters and brothers attended Catholic elementary and high school.  Her father was a New York fireman and teacher, and her mother is a registered nurse.  Janet earned her B.A. from City University of New York and then moved to Florida in 1974 when she was hired to teach in Citrus County. She earned a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling and a second masters in Educational Leadership. She worked as a guidance counselor, testing specialist, and assistant principal prior to retirement in 2007.  With four children, 11 grandchildren, and her involvement in her parents’ care, Janet’s life is busy. She remains physically active in her retirement and volunteers as a guardian-ad-litem and chair of the water board for the City of Crystal River. Additionally, her fused glass art can be found in Crystal River, Florida and at galleries in St. Augustine and Atlantic Beach.

Her email is: dementiaedjanet@gmail.com

David DeCarlo-Director

David is long-time resident of Citrus County who recently retired from the  Citrus County Sheriff's Office where he served as Director of Emergency Management.  He was  a family care partner for his mother who passed from dementia.  With the help of family, he was able to manage her care at home with father.  David served the citizens of Citrus County for more than thirty-three years, holding a variety leadership positions during his law enforcement career.

His email is: dementiaeddave@gmail.com

 

Tricia Sheldon-Director

Tricia Sheldon was born in Amarillo, Texas, raised in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and moved to Florida in 1973. Tricia's career path includes sixteen years in banking, followed by over 25 years in nonprofit management before retiring in 2016 and moving to Citrus County.  In 2019, her husband Gary was diagnosed with early stage dementia.  Gary passed in 2021 from lung cancer. However, it was the impact of dementia that prohibited him from participating in and tolerating any type of treatment for the cancer.

Her email is: dementiaedtricia@gmail.com

Linda Bemiss- Director

Linda was born and raised in Columbia County, NY, which is across the river from Albany.  She and her late husband were snow birds for ten years prior to relocating to Citrus County in 2010.  Linda's professional life included bookkeeping, legal secretary, and as a part time bank teller after retirement.  Most of her life she has been dedicated to providing care for the sick and elderly, including family members with dementia.

Her email is: dementiaedlinda@gmail.com

Gloria Jeannotte- Director

With a background in business and hotel management, Gloria entered the health care field in the mid-1980s when she became an assisted living administrator and a trainer and mentor for the Eden Alternative.  She has used her experience to create “softer” and more home-like environments in assisted living and memory care communities.  She became CEO and Administrator for Cedar Creek Assisted Living in Crystal River, Florida, in 2002, a position from which she retired 2021.

Her email is: dementiaedgloria@gmail.com

 

Debbie Selsavage- Director

Debbie Selsavage was introduced to dementia when she became a care partner for her husband in 2005., finding it almost impossible to locate information, support, and resources to deal with her exhausting task.  She believed caregivers deserved better., and she entered the field of memory care in 2012.  Within 18 months, she became a Certified Administrator, earning a Deficiency-Free rating for her memory care facility in Crystal River, Florida.  She became a Certified Independent Trainer and Consultant in Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care, and in 2014 launched her own company, Coping with Dementia LLC.  She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified as a Matter of Balance Coach, and a columnist on Alzheimer’s and dementia for the Citrus County Chronicle and other publications.  In 2017, she was named a Citrus County Health Care Hero for her work in public outreach.

Her email is: dementiaeddebbie@gmail.com

 

Ed Youngblood - President

Ed Youngblood had a 30-year career with a national nonprofit member service organization, serving 19 years as its President and CEO.  He served 25 years on the management council of an international motorsport organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, retiring in 1996.  He has helped form charitable nonprofits and served on nonprofit boards.  In 1999, he founded his own consulting and communications company, writing seven published histories and biographies, and consulting for 13 museums and galleries, including the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, Spain.  His mother died from Alzheimer's disease in 2008, and in 2014 helped Debbie Selsavage create Coping with Dementia LLC, serving on a voluntary basis in communications, marketing, branding, and business strategy.  He has a Master’s Degree in English literature and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

His email is: dementiaed@aol.com

 

Janice Martin-Community Liaison

Janice Martin brings 15 years’ experience in senior living, focusing 11 years in Sales and Marketing for Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care in Delaware and Florida.  She and her husband are Citrus County residents . Janice is the owner of Senior Liaison of Central Florida, Inc. In this role, she assists families looking for senior living in the surrounding counties.  She began her work with Dementia Education in 2022 to help raise awareness and support for the 2022 Citrus Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s to be held on October 15th in Floral City.  Her services will extend beyond The Walk to continue awareness and fundraising for Dementia Education, Inc.

Her email is: dementiaeducationjanice@gmail.com

Contact us at:      P.O. Box 434, Inverness, Fl 34451-0434           614-519-2843       dementiaed@aol.com