A listing of 2014 Board Members
Cathy Adkison, RN, BSN, CHPN
President and CEO of Big Bend Hospice
Board Membership- Since February 2014
During her more than 36 year career as a RN, Cathy’s primary focus of practice has been home health and hospice care leadership and management. She currently has her dream job working for Big Bend Hospice as the President and CEO. She resided for the past three years in Tallahassee with her husband Dr. Dan Adkison. Cathy was raised in Albany, Georgia and has one daughter, Katie, and new son in law, Roger. Her daughter is following in the footsteps of her mother and graduates from nursing school in May 2014! Cathy is on the Executive Board of Directors of the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 30. She enjoys reading, exercise, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her family.
"I have been passionate about helping the elderly for my entire career and my work with the Alzheimer’s Project allows more opportunities to help in my community. Alzheimer’s disease is devastating to patients and their families and the Alzheimer’s Project provides additional services free of charge to them."
Governmental Affairs Consultant
Board Membership— Since 2012
Ron Davis is president of 21st Century Solutions, and has more than 25 years of experience in the administration and analysis of various housing programs and related policy. Mr. Davis has directed housing programs for Howard County, Maryland and the state of Florida, as well as conducting national research projects for HUD and the National Science Foundation. He also provided a regional program analysis for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. His areas of expertise include program operations impact audits, analysis of impediments to fair housing choice, and housing components in natural disaster mitigation and emergency responses. Mr. Davis has served as housing advisor for a gubernatorial transition team, and chaired the joint Tallahassee-Leon County Canopy Roads Citizens Committee.
More recently, he was appointed to Florida’s Purple Ribbon Task Force, where he provided insights about the impact of family caregivers on the welfare of persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
“Both of my parents suffered from and died because of Alzheimer’s-related complications. When I spoke with my relatives, I realized that other family members had similar ailments, but no one talked about it or shared their insights. Soon after I became my Dad’s primary caregiver, the Alzheimer’s Project offered me a series of valuable support resources. These resources so eased my caregiver role that I wanted to find a way to give back, both to honor my parents and to communicate the importance of this resource to other caregivers.”
Board Membership— Since 2013
Michael German is the General/National Sales Manager for WTXl ABC 27 joining the team in 2012. A Midwest native, Michael has developed and led successful sales teams for Citadel Communications, Second Generation and Gray Television.
Michael has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, and Habitat for Humanity and the Advertising Federation. German attended St. Ambrose University and majored in economics. He and his wife Carol have three children and 4 grandchildren.
"It’s great to be involved with an organization whose board and volunteers have a clear mission and the drive to make a positive difference."
Board Membership- January 2014
Bruce Harter is a graduate of Florida State University, B.S. degree in Social Work and M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Currently retired after having been employed with the State of Florida. Bruce enjoys public speaking on advocacy and disability issues concerning consumers and parents. Currently serving on the Board of Dick Howser Cerebral Palsy program and Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend. Bruce is an avid Florida State University Seminole fan and traveler.
Whether giving a motivational message challenging individuals with disabilities and their parents or inspiring church members, Bruce always focuses on an individual's ability rather than one’s disability. As you listen to Bruce Harter, you will be challenged to consider your own life and the many things you have before you to accomplish.
Victoria E. Heuler, B.C.S.
Elder Law and Guardianship Attorney
Board Membership- 8 plus years
I have been a member of the Florida Bar since 1993, and a member of the Georgia Bar since 2000 and have concentrated in Elder Law and guardianship since 2000. I am very active in the field of Elder Law and issues related to aging and the dignity of persons with disabilities and older adults. I am certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in elder law (Board Certified Specialist or “B.C.S.”). I previously served as the President of Alzheimer’s Project. I have also served as President of the Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA) and served on its board for many years. I have also been active at the national level, serving as committee chairperson for several committees for NAELA (National Association of Elder Law Attorneys). I am a Florida Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and am also accredited by the Veteran’s Administration to handle claims for our nation’s Veterans.
"I have been deeply involved with Alzheimer’s Project for many years and fell in love with its mission and its staff as soon as I was introduced to each. The staff of Alzheimer’s Project is very small, but they accomplish the mission as if they were an army of 100. In my law practice and in my interactions with caregivers and their loved ones through Alzheimer’s Project I have heard it repeated innumerous times that Alzheimer’s Project literally saved the life of the caregiver or their loved one. This is so profound and reminds me daily that the work by the staff and volunteers is absolutely necessary in the lives of so many in our community. Our goal is to serve as many people as possible. No charge. I love that!! I am so proud to be a part of the Alzheimer’s Project Board and community because we are LOCAL and we serve such a critical need. I will always be a member of the Alzheimer’s Project family!"
Alice Pomidor, MD, MPH
Board Membership— Since 2007
Alice Pomidor, MD, MPH, is a family practice geriatrician who has been actively involved for over 25 years in clinical teaching of medical students, residents, and geriatric specialists. She previously served as the Director of Geriatrics at Akron General Medical Center in Ohio and as Medical Director of two Dementia Special Care Units over the past several years. Dr. Pomidor has helped to care for her own family members with memory problems. She currently sees patients at the TMH Wound Healing Center. Dr. Pomidor can be reached at 850-645-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It is vital for us to help older adults and their caregivers enjoy their quality of life, not just prolong life. I believe we can do better by learning about dementia and how to help. That’s why the annual Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Training Conference hosted each February here at the College of Medicine is so important to me."