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2016 Board Members

A listing of 2016 Board Members

cathy adkison

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."

Bruce Harter


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.

ann kimbrough

Ann Wead Kimbrough

Dean,  School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, FAMU

Board Membership- October 2014

Former multimedia journalist Ann Wead Kimbrough is the Dean, School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC), Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL where she is a tenured and full professor. In addition to Ann’s board service with the Alzheimer’s Project, she is committed to focused community philanthropy and volunteer service.

Ann has held leadership positions in higher education, media, government and worldwide events that include the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (1996 Olympic Games) and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.  She has three adult children and three grandchildren. Ann received advanced degrees in financial journalism and business administration from Clark Atlanta University, Northwestern University and Argosy University. 

"Two members of my family are living with Alzheimer’s and prolonged Dementia. This challenge is personal; it is also communal.

The Alzheimer’s Project is an opportunity for me to ‘give back’ to an organization that provides enormous comfort and resources to hundreds of families in the greater Tallahassee community. It is a high honor for me to serve on the Alzheimer’s Project Board with a respected and amazing group of individuals who care, love and are strategic doers."

John K

John Kraniou

Financial Advisor

Board Membership- January 2015

Originally from Pittsburgh, John Kraniou is an alumnus of The University of Pittsburgh and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  He moved to Tallahassee in 2007 to pursue a Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.  While at Florida State, John developed his passion for helping to manage nonprofits.  He currently works as a Financial Advisor, where he works with a diverse array of clients in different stages of their lives in order to help them to pursue their financial goals.  In his free time, John enjoys reading, international travel, and supporting his Pittsburgh Penguins, Liverpool FC, and the Florida State Seminoles.  

Jim McConnaughhay

Jim McConnaughhay


Board Membership- January 2016


Bekkah Sheetz, MSW

Program Specialist with Healthy Families Florida

Board Membership- 2014

Bekkah started as an MSW intern with the Alzheimer’s Project in 2011.  She has since graduated with her Master’s in Social Work and is currently working for Health Families Florida.  Bekkah’s background involves working with people experiencing homelessness in West Palm Beach and extensive work with children and families in programs throughout the state of Florida.

"I know firsthand the wonderful work that the Alzheimer’s Project does within our community.  From Caregiver support groups to respite care, Project Lifesaver, and beyond, this agency is doing wonderful work for our community and I am thrilled to be able to assist in that mission."

Ken Stevenson

Earl Bacon Agency

Nancy Harrison

Consultant CPA

Niharika Suchak

FSU College of Medicine