Board of Directors
Vice-President Ginny Yates
Ginny Yates, CSA, CDP, National Registered Professional Guardian.
Ginny attended Florida Southern College and is a graduate of the Florida School of Banking.
Secretary Beth Prather, Esq.
After receiving her Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1988 from Nova University and her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, in 1992 from the University of Maine, Beth Prather returned to her home town of Fort Myers to practice law. In 2006, Beth earned her certification as an Elder Law Attorney by the Florida Bar. She was accredited with the Veterans Administration in 2008. Her practice concentrates in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, guardianship, and Medicaid and VA Benefits. She was named as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine in 2008-2018 and a Top 50 Women Super Lawyer for 2018.
Fundraising & Strategic Planning Kenneth Kemp, Esq.
Attorney, Patrone & Kemp, P.A.
Mr. Kemp is an attorney with over 15 years of experience in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Estates & Guardianship. Mr. Kemp also has a Masters of Law in Taxation.
Legislative Courtney van Emmerik Lovejoy, Esq.
Courtney V. Lovejoy is an attorney with Green Schoenfeld & Kyle LLP, where she focuses on probate, estate planning, and guardianship matters. Courtney received her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and is currently pursuing her LL.M. in Elder Law at Stetson University College of Law. .
Program & Sponsorship Chair Shellie Ferrara
Shellie Ferrara has over 30 years of experience working in the healthcare field. She has held both administrative and marketing leadership positions, with her most recent being the Director of Marketing for an established assisting living community in Cape Coral since 2013. Shellie’s work experience includes medical practice office management, home health administrator, marketing and sales. She has served on numerous community nonprofit C103 boards in the Lee County area. Shellie obtained her ALF Core certification in 2018 and is also a Certified Dementia Trainor and holds various other certifications. Shellie has a passion for serving and is committed to enhancing the lives of the senior population. on.
Treasurer Anita Robberson, RN
Title: Director of Nursing/Aging Life Care Professional
Company: Able HealthCare Services
Credentials: Florida Licensed Registered Nurse, Graduate of Hutchinson Hospital School of Nursing – Diploma, Bachelors in Health Science – Wichita State University
How long have you been in your profession? RN since 1973, Home Health Nursing since 1982, Able HealthCare Services since 1993.
Why do you do what you do? I love helping people. I love the relationships that develop when you work with people in their own homes, and working collaboratively with others involved in their care. It’s all about the client and what’s best for them.
Bylaws Nancy Starr
Graduated from Warren Wilson College with BA in Social Sciences.
Worked 33 years for the State of Florida, Dept. of Children and Families.
Private Consultant specializing in public service areas: Child and Adult welfare, Licensing of Child and Adult Care facilities, Policies and Procedures, Research.
Became a Professional Guardian in 2015.
Education Danielle Dyer
Danielle Dyer is the CEO and owner of Right at Home of Southwest Florida, a home health agency offering homemaker, companion and personal care services since 2003 through-out Lee and Collier counties. Danielle joined Right at Home in 2003 as a Caregiver.
In addition to her responsibilities at Right at Home, Danielle is active as a volunteer for numerous senior related social services in southwest Florida. She is President of the board of the Dr. Ella Piper Center for Social Services in Fort Myers, Treasurer for Parkinson’s Association of SW Florida, on the Home Care Association of America – Florida Chapter board, Social Chair on the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee, Chair Per-son of the 2016 and 2019 Florida State Guardian Association State Conference, a member of the Southwest Florida Coalition for Optimal Behavioral Health & Aging and has served on the Southwest Florida Palliative Care Coalition and Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition. She is a volunteer for Lee Memorial Hospital as an instructor in the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” program and is also a Master Trainer for that program. She also is a facilitator for the “It’s All About You” program—A Chronic Disease Self Management Course.
She was the proud recipient of the 2016 Lodestar Award for Professional of the Year, presented by the Collier County Leadership Coalition on Aging.
Past President Lynda Leonard-Boyce