Board of Directors
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.
Past President Lesley Holman
Guardian (Individual Professional)
Vice President 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.
Secretary Courtney van Emmerik Lovejoy, Esq.
Courtney serves on the board of FSGA as its Secretary. She has been an attorney with Green Schoenfeld & Kyle LLP since 2019. Her practice focuses in the areas of Medicaid planning, VA planning, probate and trust administration, guardianship, and estate planning. Courtney has her Masters of Law in Elder Law, is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is a member of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Lee County Bar Association.
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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.
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 Beth Prather, Esq.
Beth has been practicing law since 1993 and has been a FL Bar board certified elder law attorney since 2006. She recently joined the law firm of Green Schoenfeld & Kyle LLP. Her practice concentrates in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, guardianship, and Medicaid and VA benefits planning. Beth has been accredited with the Veterans Administration since 2008. Beth currently serves on the board of SWL FSGA, Heights Foundation and Area Agency on Aging. She is a member of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, the National Avademy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Lee County Bar Association. Beth was named as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine in 2008-2022 and a Top 50 Women Super Lawyer for 2018.
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.
Member at Large Debra Nicholas
Professional Guardian since January 2016 in Collier and Lee Counties
Married 45 years
One living daughter (she is amazing!! – has had two double lung transplants and much more…)
Vice President/Secretary/Treasurer of Nicholas Construction Co. – 40 years
Active member of First Baptist Naples
Grandma for my Daughters’ foster children
Former Foster Parent
Former Financial Coach with Crown Financial
Past Board Member of Naples Christian Academy
Past President of Parent/Teacher Association 1996-97 (First Baptist Academy)
Past Volunteer at Pregnancy Resource Center
Enjoy boating, fishing, scuba diving, cruise vacations and traveling with friends!
Public Relations Jan Wallace
Jan’s always been driven. Following a successful career as owner of an Indianapolis-based marketing company, Jan moved to sunny Florida with her husband Joe. In her first year in the real estate business, she sold 36 homes. Emboldened by that early success, Jan pursued additional credentials and leadership positions. This helped her identify and serve the needs of seniors, affluent sellers, and buyers, as well as other specialized markets.
While serving as caregiver to her parents, Jan developed a passion for assisting seniors and their families to navigate the complexities of financial and emotional challenges that accompany the sale of a home. That intimate experience has given her a deeper understanding and compassion for senior care needs and transition plans. The customized services Jan offers her clients includes everything from downsizing to moving, transitioning to a more supportive environment, the preparation and sale of your real estate and everything in between. Jan is also well versed in VA benefits, the referral of elder law attorneys and an array of other services she gladly customizes in order to meet the specific needs of each client.
That passion and resourcefulness was recognized in 2016 by the National Association of Realtors at its annual conference in Orlando. From a pool of dedicated Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) across the country, Jan was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Service Award for her comprehensive knowledge, service, extraordinary performance, and ethical standards on behalf of senior clients.
She became a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, a mark of global market prestige. Affluent sellers and buyers trust the CLHMS designation to identify experts that possess the knowledge, experience, competence, and confidence needed to fulfill their objectives. She has served on dozens of professional boards and attained numerous advanced real estate credentials.
Jan grew up in Indiana instilling in her a lifelong appreciation for the Midwestern values of integrity, hard work and an unrelenting willingness to help others. She attended Metropolitan State College of Denver while working full time to pay her tuition. She loves her two pups Boodle and Squirt. She also enjoys boating with her husband Joe and everything that Southwest Florida has to offer.
View her short video at https://tiny.cc/JanWallace.