Membership
& Directory




Heidi Friedman
President
hfriedman@elderlawdept.com
954-866-1055

Heidi F. Friedman is owner of Friedman Elder Law Department, LLC. She is one of only a few Board-Certified Elder Law Attorneys in Florida with experience in Elder Law, Medicaid, and Veteran’s Administration programs. She specializes in crisis planning to qualify seniors for government benefits as well as, estate planning for the 65+ population with a focus on asset protection against the cost of long-term care. Heidi sits on a number of boards for different agencies and nonprofit organizations which concentrate on providing knowledge, support, and assistance to and for the aging population.  In addition to her role as President of ESRN,  Heidi is on the Advisory Counsel of the Broward County Age & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), appointed as a member of the Governor’s Dementia Care & Cure Initiative (DCCI), a Director for the South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) and Director of the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, Inc. (ACRC).    As an elder law attorney, Heidi has assisted hundreds of her clients obtain government benefits to help pay for long-term care, resulting in significant savings for each family. Heidi is a Florida native, sister of two Army veterans and a mother of two sons, one with special needs.  





Knyvett Lee
Past President
klee@monarchcare.org
954-720-2485 ext. 214

Knyvett Lee is the Founder and CEO of MonarchCare, a not-for-profit social service agency serving the South Florida community.  Knyvett has been a professional guardian since 1989.  Over a span of more than three decades, Knyvett and/or the agency has served more than 1,500 clients in the capacity as guardian, trustee, care manager or daily money manager.

Knyvett is a vocal advocate for better quality professional guardianship. In 2003, she formed the Florida Guardianship Foundation with other key leaders in the guardianship community. 

She served on Governor Bush’s Guardianship Task Force in 2004 and subsequently assisted the National Guardianship Foundation in the creation of the Florida Guardian Competency exam in 2005. She has trained more than one thousand professional and family guardians since 1993.

She is happily married to Bruce Superman and lives in Fort Lauderdale with their Labrador retrievers, Molly and Pepper.  She is a gourmet cook, loves gardening, yoga and tennis, when she finds the time.




Sharon Rose
Vice President - Programming
wisdom1809@gmail.com
702-525-0501

A Social Gerontologist with a Master’s degree in Gerontology, Sharon looks at aging from a societal perspective and within intergenerational communities.  She is committed to implementing programs for increasing the quality of the lives of the 60+ population so they can to be productive, positive and purposeful.  She creates and promotes activities for aging well that include motivational events and moderating discussions.  Her focus is on age-friendly communities, aging-in-place, aging-well lifestyles and intergenerational programs that strengthen community relationships.  Initiating and developing innovative programs, guest speaking, moderating education/social meetings, and posting on various social media platforms are key strategic ways utilized by Sharon to reach the 60+ community.


 


David Michaels
Vice President - Membership
david@personallivingalert.com
754-220-9290


David Michaels is part of Personal Living Alert, an organization whose sole focus is on senior safety and keeping seniors at home.  As with many individuals working in the senior market, David came to it by chance.  His parents needed a medical alert system and he couldn't find a company to send out a representative to install the unit nor a company with solid customer service...until his wife started Personal Living Alert.  Personal Living Alert is a customer-focused company that provides medical alert systems, medication dispensers, wander management systems, chair/bed pressure pads.



Jeanine Bahmani
Vice President - Outreach
jreddis1@aol.com
954-901-7406

Jeanine Bahmani has 22 years of healthcare sales and senior housing sales consisting of a combination of home health, private duty, hospice, senior assist devices, independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing.  Originally a native of Kansas City, Jeanine relocated to south Florida 3 years ago to be close to family and continued her healthcare sales career here. Jeanine came to the Florida market with a list of successful accomplishments, strength in leadership and networking and a proven determination for teamwork. Jeanine is married and has four adult children, three grandchildren and her golden retriever, Sonny Boy.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her grandchildren, going to the beach and cooking.




Dyan Chaney
Secretary
dyan@homehealthboutique.com
954-815-3926

Dyan Chaney, Doctor of Physical Therapy, owns Home Health Boutique, concierge home health practice.

Dr. Chaney received a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from University of Florida, a Master’s in Physical Therapy from NSU, and a Doctorate from University of Tennessee.  Dyan holds a certification in Pilates for rehabilitation practitioners and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dyan’s interest in movement began at age 2 when she started ballet and instructing fitness classes at 13.   Her first physical therapy position was managing the inpatient rehab department at Cleveland Clinic.  She founded Get To The Core, an outpatient physical therapy practice, and provided therapy for dancers in traveling Broadway productions.  After having her daughter, Dyan transitioned to home care.

Dyan enjoys her sweet Doberman, cooking, playing piano, yoga, and traveling.

 



Ankur Kapoor
Treasurer
akapoor@interimhealthcare.com
754-702-7030


For Ankur being a part of Interim HealthCare is a "purpose" before a business. The purpose is to assist children / family members who are torn between assisting aging parents/grandparents while taking care of their own children and lives be it in south Florida or anywhere else in the world. We want to be considered as the bonus children of the families that we serve. We understand from personal experience that it is not easy for children or grandchildren to relocate to South Florida to assist aging parents and grandparents. Ankur and his wife Shweta had relocated half way around the world in 2008 to help his mother who was battling cancer.  When his mom was declared cancer free 5 years later, he decided to relocate back to the US and to South Florida to start the local Interim HealthCare office.

Ankur has a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from University of Texas at El Paso in Texas, a Masters in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Texas at Austin in Texas.

 Cindy Kenney Poljacik


Cindy Poljacik
Parliamentarian
CPoljacik@5SSL.com
954-481-2304 ext. 240








Susanne Veder
Vice President - Communications
917-763-9130
susanneveder@gmail.com

Susanne Veder developed Baseline Balance, a unique assessment toolkit that helps individuals define their priorities to make more informed decisions, gain more control of their financial future and live a happier, healthier, wealthier and more connected life. By determining a “baseline” of what makes them sad, happy, and what motivates them to feel their best, areas of an individual’s life that are out of balance can be brought back in line with living a healthy and comfortable lifestyle.

Susanne brings over 25 years of experience providing high-quality customer service solutions for major corporations in the financial, medical, insurance, telecom and sports sectors, including Citi Group, Universal American Financial Corp., Quest, and the US Tennis Association. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for training, improving day-to-day operations and devising solutions to improve efficiency and productivity.

In addition, Susanne has worked extensively with several New York school districts to influence and lead school funding through advocacy efforts. She has led enrichment and self-esteem programs for school districts that improved graduation rates, attendance, student-engagement, and the overall quality of school curriculum.




Sharon Cofar
Member at Large
sharon@amovemadeeasy.com
954-345-6683

Sharon Cofar is the Founder and President of A Move Made Easy, Inc., a relocation company catering to the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities.  Sharon assists seniors with local and long-distance moves by handling all details of the transition from beginning to end.  She helps clients to sort, downsize, dispose of possessions no longer needed (through sales to an auction company, consignment shop or donation to charity), create a floor plan, pack belongings, oversee the mover, setup the computer and electronics and unpack and organize the new residence, and handles estate clean-outs when there is a death.  After sorting through everything to find valuables to sell for the estate, packing up items for charity, and shipping designated items to family members all over the country, the residence is either staged or totally emptied to get it ready for sale.

An active member of National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), Sharon has served on their Board of Directors for two terms.  She has been inducted into their Circle of Service and Diamond Club for service excellence and longevity in the field, and is A+ accredited by the national association --  only about 60 companies in the country have that designation.  In business for 18 years, and setting the “gold standard” for move management, Sharon strives to truly make it “A Move Made Easy” for clients.


Marcus (Marcus J Cohen) Cohen, MAS, CEO

Marcus Cohen

Member at Large

marcuscohen@ideas4u.com

954-484-7071


 

Bryan Solomon
Member at Large
bsolomon@seniornannies.com
561-767-1762

Bryan Solomon is the Vice President and co-owner of Senior Nannies Home Care Services and Senior Advantages Placement Services.   He is hands on with both individual families and healthcare systems alike.  The company provides hourly care, live-in home care and independent, assisted or memory care placement assistance through over 50 counties in Florida. One component of the Agency is to provide sub-staffing for hospitals and facilities with private pay skilled nursing and therapy services. At the same time, they have complementary services that help with assisted-living placement, processing Workmen’s Comp. benefits, providing nursing care for commercial and group health plans and a provider for most Statewide Medicaid Managed Care and LTC plans.

Bryan’s other roles is the founder of an estate planning law firm, 1 Legal Services LLP, founder of a PPE supplying and shipping company, 1 DME, LLC and as a venture capitalist in the healthcare industries.

Bryan currently serve as a member at large for the Elder Services Resource Network (ESRN), member at large for the Southern Healthcare Advocacy Network, (SHAN), a benefactor member of Partnership For Aging (PFA), the current retention chair for the Walk To End Alzheimer’s in West Palm Beach, the current chair for the advisory board for Healthier Boynton Beach, and the current Vice President of the Florida Long-term Care Social Workers Association (FLTCSWA).  

His current local philanthropy roles are as guardian-at-Litem for the 15th circuit of Palm Beach County and a Vitas Volunteer.

Bryan is an active member of his local synagogue, currently lives in Wellington, Florida and enjoys spending family time and traveling with his wife Lauren and daughters Audrey and Madison.  

Senior Home Safety | Senior Move Management | Home Cleanouts

Dan Lagani
Member at Large
dan@silversolutions.com

917-445-3881

Dan Lagani is CEO and Co-Founder of Silver Solutions, THE Senior-Focused Home Services Company [www.silversolutions.com]. Silver Solutions services including Safe Living Solutions to support aging-in-place, Downsizing & Relocation Management and Home Emptying & Family Distribution, help families and their aging loved ones live better longer – wherever they call home. 

Dan is also the host of the AGE WISE, a podcast available on iTunes and at www.silversolutions.com. He serves on the board of the Elder Services Resource Network of South Florida [ESRN] and is a member of the Programming Committee.

Dan's journey to co-founding Silver Solutions had many stops along the way—all with one powerful theme: changing people’s lives for the better. During his time as Publisher of Better Homes and Gardens, he indulged his passion for family and home improvement. As President of Reader’s Digest, North America, he became focused on healthcare and worked with Humana to create a new co-branded Medicare insurance line. And as President of Cond√© Nast/Fairchild, Glam Media and Diply, he experienced the transformative power of digital and social media first-hand.

Today at Silver Solutions, he’s proud to be combining his life experiences to help make growing older simpler and less stressful for families across America.




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