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2014 Speakers

November 24, 2014

Lawrence Lampert, O.D., F.C.O.V.D. 
Author and Motivational Speaker

Marni Spencer DevlinTopic: How to Overcome Your Biggest Personal Obstacle to Success

Dr. Lawrence D. Lampert is a developmental optometrist and one of a select number of people in his field with a fellowship in developmental vision and vision training. He sees patients from around the world for consultations and evaluations. He treats children who are experiencing problems in school due to visual learning disabilities as well as professional and amateur athletes who want to improve their overall level of performance through vision training. He also treats brain-injury patients, people experiencing visual complications from excessive time in front of computers and more.

Using vision training techniques, Dr. Lampert has worked with players from the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Miami Dolphins, Japanese Baseball League, PGA and LPGA golfers, USTA tennis players and world-class international athletes during the 1996 Olympics.

Dr. Lampert has been featured on The Golf Channel, NBC Sports, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Sportsvision Magazine, Wall Street Journal, as well as other national and local TV and Radio shows.
Spokesperson for Transitions Optical.  Official Eyewear of the PGA Tour
Chief of Vision Rehabilitation at Whitehall Boca
Medical Staff at Pinecrest Rehabilitaion Hospital and Delray Community Hospital
Board of Directors of Future Visions Youth Development
Advisory Board of The Parenting Place Agency
Steering Committee of The Healthy Sight Institute
Past member of Palm Beach County School Board Health Advisory Committee
Past Southeast Regional Clinical Seminar Chairman for the Optometric Extension Program
Past columnist for the Boca Raton News and Boca Kidz Magazine

October 22, 2014

Himabala Ghanta, M.D.
Board Certified General and Colon & Rectal Surgery

Himabla Ghanta

Topic: Colo-Rectal Health and Screening

Dr. Ghanta was born in India and immigrated to New Jersey at a young age. She received her      undergraduate degree in Biology at The University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and then entered St. George’s University School of Medicine and obtained her medical degree in 2002.

Dr. Ghanta then completed a general surgery residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ in 2007. Her interest in colon & rectal surgery lead her to pursue further specialty training and she spent an additional year completing a colon & rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL in 2008. After fellowship she moved to the West Coast and joined the Association of South Bay Surgeons in 2008.

Dr. Ghanta is currently board certified in both General and Colon & Rectal Surgery and is a member of several medical societies, including:
• American Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
• Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
• Association of Women Surgeons, and
• Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

After a very successful private practice near Los Angeles for five years, Dr. Ghanta moved back to the East Coast with her husband and two young children to be closer to family. She is now on staff at Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health Imperial Point, and Broward Health North and hopes to make a positive difference in the medical needs of South Florida residents.

September 24, 2014

Marni Spencer-Devlin
Author and Motivational Speaker

Marni Spencer DevlinTopic: How to Overcome Your Biggest Personal Obstacle to Success

Marni Spencer-Devlin is the founder and former President and CFO of ocdm marketing, which she built from the ground up and turned into a multi-million dollar company with seventy employees. For twenty years she was on top, then she got sick and in 2008 she was given only a year to live.

She wrote her first book, Crawling Into The Light where she shared her secret: As a child she had been molested and raped. She had been a heroin addict, a prostitute, homeless and in prison before her rise to power. While writing her story, Marni made a mind-blowing realization. Throughout her entire life everything had always turned out for the best even, and especially when, she thought she had reached her end. What if this was not the end either? Would she be able to commute her own death sentence?
She began studying holistic healing methodologies, yoga and meditation and – this will shock you! She did not die! Instead she wrote another book, The Iceberg Principles – the Truth about the Universe and Your place it.

Today she writes, mentors and speaks about the importance of authenticity in business and personal development.

August 27, 2014

Chris Levine
Executive Director, MonarchCare

Marni Spencer DevlinTopic: Services Available to Low-Income Seniors

Chris has over 30 years in the long term care arena. In her current position as Executive Director at MonarchCare, she oversees the services to a very diverse client population from children to seniors to those with mental illness or with a disability. Providing social services and direction for those in need has been her career focus.
Previously she served as Community Relations and Marketing Representative for Covenant Village in Plantation as well as in various positions from Regional Customer Service Director, Executive Director, Administrator and Marketing and Admissions Director for HCR Manor Care, Senior Care Coalition, Safe Harbor Alzheimer’s Assisted Living and Manor Care Health Services respectively.  Chris has applied her considerable skills and knowledge to the marketing of these organizations, serving as the leading voice for them in outreach to their communities through workshops and speaking engagements.  At the same time, she developed policies, procedures and programs at these agencies; hired, trained and supervised personnel; and managed budgets and marketing plans.

Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Human Services. She has a number of current professional affiliations including the Plantation Rotary, Impact Broward as a Trustee, and is a Past Board President; TRIAD Seniors and Law Enforcement; Broward Coalition on Aging, Past President; Elder Services Resource Network, Past Board President.  Her past affiliations include Alzheimer’s Association S.E. Florida Chapter, Board President: Broward County Guardianship Association; Florida Health Care Social Workers Association; Florida Assisted Living Coalition; and South Florida Discharge Planners Association.  She has taught CCD at her church for over 25 years to both elementary and high school age students.

May 28, 2014

Barbara M. Sharief, MSN, ARNP
Broward County Mayor and Commissioner District 8
President South Florida Pediatric Home Care, Inc.

Barbara ShariefTopic: 2014-2015 ESRN Board Swearing in Ceremony and Keynote Speaker

Barbara Sharief has over 18 years of experience in the specialized field of issues pertaining to medically complex children.  During the course of her career she worked for the Jackson Memorial Health Care system and several other hospitals.  Barbara had a love and passion for caring for the sick at home.  This passion stemmed from her growing up with a younger brother diagnosed with several medically complex conditions.  Her philosophy was based on the belief that the quality of life was better if a sick patient could be maintained at home in their normal environment.  This philosophy prompted her change from hospital nursing to homecare. She later worked for several national home health agencies as an Administrator and Director of Nursing.  Through this invaluable experience, Barbara was successful at creating and running businesses, and making non- profitable businesses profitable.

In 2001, Barbara visualized and created what is now known as South Florida Pediatric Homecare Inc. (SFPH).  The company is currently servicing residents of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.  The company provides jobs for approximately 600 professionals in South Florida and has done so by providing an invaluable service.  The company is considered one of the top home health care agencies in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties for care of medically complex children and adults.  The company has developed a reputation for providing high tech quality professional home health services.  Barbara is a hard working dedicated professional who has strong integrity, ethics, and sound business practices.  Her dedication to servicing the ill in our community has not gone unrecognized.  With the large number of home health agencies in Broward County she has been recognized as having one of the best companies in Broward County.  This is an enormous compliment.
In 2009, Barbara was elected to the Miramar City Commission, where she served as Vice-Mayor in 2010.  In November of 2010, Barbara was elected to the Broward County Commission District 8 seat where she currently serves the diverse population of the cities of Hallandale Beach, Miramar, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, and West Park.  She brings honesty, integrity, respect, and a professional commitment to strengthen the community with her cohesive plans to reach out and stay in touch with the culturally diverse population of District 8.  Commissioner Sharief is a strong advocate for stopping homelessness and prevention of foreclosures in Broward County.

Due to her expansive healthcare background Barbara was selected to serve as Chair of the Health and Human Services Policy Committee for The Florida Association of Counties.  In addition, she is a board member of The Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization, The Homeless Initiative Partnership, and The Value Adjustment Board of Broward County.  She completed the Certified County Commissioner Program and has completed the Advanced County Commissioner Program as of April 2013. She completed the National Association of Counties Leadership program in May of 2013. She was nominated to serve on the large urban county caucus and the health steering committee for National Association of counties shortly thereafter. She received the Florida Association of Counties Presidential Advocacy award for representing the 67 counties of Florida effectively during the 2013 legislative session. Barbara’s goals and dreams include representing her constituents on a national level to advocate for economic stability through job creation, small business support, advocating for affordable healthcare and putting an end to the foreclosure crisis.

On November 19, 2013, Barbara was elected as the first African American Mayor of Broward County and is currently pursuing her Nurse Practitioner Doctorate degree.

April 23, 2014

H. Murray Todd, MD
Medical Director Neurological Institute and Memory Disorder Center
Broward Health North

Dr. Murray ToddTopic: Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Latest Research

Dr. Todd received his medical degree and completed his neurology residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

He is Board Certified with the National Board of Medical Examiners, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Society of Neuro Imaging. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

He is Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and Chairman and Professor of Neurology at the Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He is presently the Medical Director of the Neurological Institute and Memory Disorder Center at Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach


March 26, 2014

Claudia Marcelo, DO
On-Site Physician at Life Care Center at Inverarry

Dr. Claudia MarceloTopic: Erectile dysfunction and STD in the elderly

Board certified in Family and Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Marcelo has a heart for seniors. She is a clinical instructor in geriatrics at NOVA, FSU and UCF. In August of 2012, she accepted a position working for Life Care Physician Services, LLC, a company that is dedicated to serving the medical needs of individuals living in nursing homes, including Life Care Center at Inverrary located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She also serves as medical director of The Bridges at Inverarry, an ALF. As part of the Life Care Physician Services team, Dr. Marcelo works alongside the nurses, dieticians, therapists and the executive director to provide professional care to each of her patients. She is the only full time on-site geriatrician at a SNF in Broward County. Previously, she worked as a concierge physician for The Medical Concierge and Florida Hospital Centra Care in Orlando.

Dr. Marcelo graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine with her doctor of osteopathy degree. She completed her residency in family medicine at Florida Hospital East Orlando in June 2011 and her geriatric fellowship in June 2012.

Dr. Marcelo is an active member of AMDA, representing Florida as a delegate. She is also a member of several osteopathic organizations including AOA, FOMA and BCOMA.

When she is not taking care of patients, Dr. Marcelo enjoys traveling, exercising, movie-watching, and the theater. She also enjoys volunteering at events sponsored by Junior League Association of Greater Ft. Lauderdale.




February 26, 2014

Topic: Being a Senior in South Florida

About our Speakers:

Bruce Williams

25 year Executive Director of 500 resident CCRC Retirement Community who is now reincarnated as the Senor Services Coordinator at The Pride Center. The Senior Advisory Council -- a program of the Pride Center -- works in concert with other LGBT groups to promote visibility and awareness of the LGBT senior population through supportive, educational programs and activities.  Bruce oversees seniors activities at the Pride Center.

Andrew Hartmann

He grew up in a farming family in eastern Slovakia where, for as long as he can remember, his family was subjected to forms of harassment. Yet his family remained intact until March 1942, when 1,000 Jewish Slovak girls were shipped to concentration camps, including two of his sisters, who died in Auschwitz. The rest of his family were exempted from deportation to the camps because the government needed their crops for farming. When the exemptions were canceled in May 1944, he, his mother, father and two remaining sisters fled to western Slovakia to work in a tobacco field. A few months later, hundreds of Jews were rounded up and shipped to Auschwitz. Andy, then 10, and his older sister fled into the forest. They never saw their parents or sister Valerie again.

George Bisbikos

Founder and Executive Director of The Learning Center for Vision Impaired Seniors. The LCVIS is a Florida 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together blind and legally-blind seniors and adults for education, support, and socialization. George, who is legally blind, previously led a health and finance class at the Lighthouse of Broward County for five years.  The LCVIS has activities such as bingo, trivia, checkers, cards and field trips that allow for socializing, which is important emotionally because of the lack of interaction in the vision-impaired community.

January 22, 2014

Martha Cano RN – Registered Nurse

Martha Cano RNTopic: Cardiovascular Health in Seniors

About our speaker:

Martha is a Baccalaureate prepared, certified rehabilitation Registered Nurse serving as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and program Director for JCAHO Accredited Medicare certified Home Health Agency. Martha serves as a consultant and primary nurse for referring physicians and their rehab clients in the Dade, Broward and Palm Beach /Treasure Coast areas of South Florida. Her clinical expertise is in rehabilitation, orthopedics, pain management, spinal cord injury and neurological rehab. She also specializes in skin and wound care.

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