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Congratulations to the 2019 Luminary Winners!

ElderSource received over 40 nominations this year for our Luminary Award. Nominators were given the task to select employees, coworkers or colleagues who they felt exemplified the true meaning of a Luminary; someone who is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in their chosen field, a leading light. While all the nominations we received showed just how much heart and dedication it takes to work with seniors and provide quality service and care, only a few among them stood out.

We congratulate all of our nominees for their passionate work with seniors, because each of their contributions has positively impacted seniors helping them to live better lives of independence and dignity.

Here are our official 2019 Luminary Award Winners

Anna Strickland, Direct Support Professional at Pine Castle 

Category: Assisted Living/ Memory Care 

Anna works with the Seniors Program, providing activities that enhance an individual’s well-being and ensures the continued engagement of those served by Pine Castle, a community that cares for older adults with intellectual and developmental differences. As part of her many responsibilities, Anna created a Story Time Session group. She literally dug right in and started a butterfly garden, stretched her dedication by leading a chair yoga class. She plays the violin and directs a small band called The Courtyard Roosters. Anna says she would like to see more visibility brought to the direct support of the profession and to the value to elevate the value of helping the marginalized members of society.

Diandra Dyer, Director of Resident Care at Autumn Village Assisted Living Facility 

Category: Assisted Living/ Memory Care

Diandra’s job at Autumn Village is to care for older adults diagnosed with mental health challenges. Sis knowledgeable about each resident she serves, offering them genuine love and personalized care and excels at helping them and their families during the most trying of times. It is so important to her that none of her residents feel judged because of their diagnosis, but instead ensures each one person is told how they each bring light to the world. Diandra leads her staff with sincerity by being a strong role model in every way. Her dedication does not stop after 5 o’clock. She often visits past residents who are in the hospital or rehab facilities. She truly brings light and love to the elderly and mentally ill in our community.

Josephine Mercado, Aide at Silver Treasures at Lane

Category: Assisted Living/Memory Care

Josephine was a nominee last year and is back again, being nominated by her new employer, Silver Treasures at Lane. Her nominator shared that residents love her because of her passion and does all things to the ‘hilt’ with an open and loving heart. And…she is known to bring her singing voice along with her tender care. Josephine is a respected leader to her peers and residents at Silver Treasures.





Jim Stuck, Volunteer Beaches Council on Aging 

Category: Volunteer 

Inspiration, boundless energy, faithful servant, dedicated, passionate, leads the charge. These are some of the words and phrases used by people who know and work with Jim Stuck.

His focus is ensuring that aging in place is not only a possibility but can be done with grace, dignity and comfort. Jim believes, as many of us do, that staying in your home can improve one’s overall physical and mental health. As a result, he created a partnership between St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church and Pablo Towers 5 years ago which brings a cultural music program to the residents. He has also been the driving force behind their enrichment program and most recently a medication management program that ensures residents are obtaining their medications and taking them as prescribed. He formed a day of service for Pablo Hamlet 2 years ago (which continues to this day) to help residents with tasks that have become difficult; i.e. cleaning, laundry, etc. He volunteers weekly at the Pablo Café and has been serving with Beaches Community Kitchen for the last 5 years which currently provides the Meals on Wheels program for seniors. Jim also serves on the board of the Beaches Council on Aging which provides transportation services to seniors and disabled at the beaches through the Dial-A-Ride program.

With his support, the Dial-A-Ride program has expanded its area of operation and its fleet. One of the Beaches Council on Aging Board members said it best, “Jim Stuck is an inspiration to us all and has boundless energy when it comes to serving the needs of seniors in his community. What makes us smile with awe is that Jim considers himself ‘just a volunteer.’’

Katelyn Woodcock, Activity Coordinator at Brooks Rehabilitation Bartram Crossing

Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Katelyn has grown at Brooks starting as a C.N.A. advancing to Activity Assistant and now serves as the Activity Coordinator at Brooks Rehabilitation at Bartram Crossing. She is intentional in getting to know her residents personally and treats them as if they are her own family. She is even willing to go the extra mile to grant the request of her residents. If a resident wants to go to the St. Augustine Outlets – she takes them. If someone needs a watch fixed, she gets it done. If a family member wants to meet their loved one at the beach, she makes it happen. Katelyn is a great leader who anticipates challenges and engages with her team. Her future is bright and she is already shining!

Carla Beverly, Home Health Supervisor at Nassau County Council on Aging 

Category: Home Health

When Nassau County’s Council on Aging Home Health Department began to experience growth and more help was needed in the office, Carla was tapped first. With 10 years’ field experience, she is not only respected by her peers but adored by her members.

Carla is responsible for scheduling and supervising all field visits, setting the schedules weekly for 25 Home Health Aides/CNAs and serving 60 members in the Westside of Nassau County. She supports the office in projects including interviews with new hires, orientations, training and technology, participates in meeting planning and team training, as well as fielding calls from members, Aides and the main office.

Having been in the field for a decade, Carla understands the importance of compassionate care and member care plan knowledge to provide that care. She knew most of the members in her area, either by being raised as a local or by having served most of the members in the Westside of the county. Carla created schedules that allowed the Aides to work the hours they could around their family, childcare, aging parents and/or car troubles. They in turn were willing to fill in for their teammates when the call came. Carla is known to be ready to serve, keeping scrubs and work shoes in her vehicle, if an emergency situation occurs when we do not have immediate coverage.

Carla has been a champion for members whose family cannot care for their loved ones. Often her role requires diplomacy and discretion. Be it in the field with members, the Aides or Main Office requests, she facilitates with grace and ease.

Krissy Young, Director of Resident Programs at Brookdale Southside 

Category: Independent Living Facility 

Krissy has amazing patience and kindness, not only for the residents at Brookdale Southside but their families. She works hard to create projects and events tailored to both the physical and mental well-being of her residents. Krissy, too, has a green thumb like another of our Luminaries. She created a butterfly garden in the atrium at Brookdale. Project with a Purpose is a program that makes residents feel important and needed. While the crafts, Bingo, music and fitness classes create a sense of well-being. Under her guidance, many of the residence, laugh, grow and become more confident.

Shirley Brown, Volunteer Project/Faith Coordinator at Edward Waters College Schell Sweet Community Center 

Category: Senior Center 

Shirley has been a volunteer with Edward Waters College Schell Sweet Community Center for over 10 years and continues to provide exceptional service to staff and volunteers. She has volunteered over 10,000 community service hours helping coordinate 6 volunteer recognition events and several other EWC events. She demonstrates leadership and consistent dedication to serve others. Her passion to serve others is contagious for anyone who has experienced her exceptional gift of service.

Wayne Rogers, Lead Driver for North Florida Executive Transportation, LLC 

Category: Medical Transport 

Wayne leads the drivers at North Florida Executive Transportation to ensure safe and timely travel for its senior clients. He takes charge in getting clients with mobility challenges to their destination all with a compassionate and caring hear. He is very friendly, kind and always goes the extra mile to make sure the client is completely satisfied.





Tina Tadros, Manager of Adult Day Program at River Garden Hebrew Home

Category: Adult Day Care

Tina is a selfless caregiver who truly loves her clients. She is hands-on developing and participating in activities; cooking for her clients as well as holding hands and providing hugs and kind words as needed. She is s role model to staff, visitors and family members.


Judge Gary Flower, Senator Audrey Gibson and Eileen Rodden of Women’s Center of Jacksonville Honored at A Night with the Stars

For the past eight years, the Delores Barr Weaver Elder Advocate Award has been presented to individuals who have shown a passionate spirit of devotion and advocacy to serve seniors in the community. This year’s Delores Barr Weaver Elder Advocate Award Winners are a superb team of advocates for our seniors. It was our pleasure to  honor Judge Gary Flower, Senator Audrey Gibson and Eileen Rodden with the Women’s Center of Jacksonville.

We honored them for their joint efforts in bringing education and awareness of elder abuse to the Northeast Florida Community through an Elder Abuse Summit and legislation to help prevent future fatalities.

A few years ago, Judge Flower received training on elder abuse from the National Judicial Institute. He was so moved he was determined to ensure that the Elder Abuse Training was made available to other judicial officers and law enforcement representatives within the Northeast Florida area. He envisioned an Elder Abuse Summit where all of the stakeholders could meet to discuss resources, and establish study circles to continue the education and awareness he encountered.

He worked with Eileen Rodden from the Women’s Center of Jacksonville to create the Summit where attendees left with a new sense of purpose and dedication to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens.

Judge Flower also helped spearhead the receipt of a grant that created The Abuse in Later of Life Project in which the Women’s Center of Jacksonville was the only grantee in the State of Florida. With the grant, The Abuse in Later Life project has provided time and funding for strategic planning and direct service including the development of Coordinated Community Response to Elder Abuse program. It has contributed to uncovering some policy and protocol issues which in turn, have led project partners to adjust their procedures to better capture elder abuse cases and promote successful prosecution.

Eileen Rodden facilitates the Coordinated Community Response (CCR) on Elder Abuse for Duval, Baker and Nassau counties. As a result of this concerted effort, over 100 law enforcement and 40 victim service and affiliated service providers have been trained. She is an elder abuse trainer along with the State Attorney’s Office for the 4th Judicial Circuit representative, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office representative, an Elder Source planner and the lead education specialist at Hubbard House under the same program.

Senator Gibson attended one of the first meetings of the Coordinated Community Response to Elder Abuse meetings and was inspired to take this important initiative to the next level – crafting legislation to pass a bill for the Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams. These teams would be made up of various organizations to include the Area Agency on Aging, Department of Children and Families, various arms of law enforcement and other advocates. These teams would focus on looking at the system and where it may have failed and make recommendations where improvements could be made in an effort to prevent future fatalities.

Thank you again to each of our awardees for the dedication and passion they have to serve our seniors.

Stay Prepared and Safe: Emergency Disaster Information

Information to help keep you safe and ready as we prepare for Hurricane Dorian:


FEMA 1-800-621-3362

Baker County:

Clay County:

Duval County – Jacksonville:

Duval emergency preparedness & Jax Ready

Special needs registry

Need assistance contact 630-CITY (2489) or  TTY 904-255-8008

















Flagler County:

  • 24 hr info line 386-586-5111- to keep citizens aware of office closings and other pertinent info
  • Emergency Management/ Services 386-313-4200
  • To get registered for/ or questions about Special Needs Shelter 1-386-313-4970 or register at
  • To get app called ALERTFlaglerBeach

Nassau County:

St. Johns County:

Volusia County:

  • To request Special Needs Shelter/ application:

Volusia County Emergency Management:

    (Only during a disaster): Toll free 866-345-0345
    Telecommunications Device for the Deaf: 386-248-1792
    Volusia County School Board
    386-734-7190, 386-943-7626SHELTER TRANSPORTATION: VOTRAN
    All Votran bus stops are evacuation assembly points during a declared emergency evacuation order. If Special needs evacuees cannot reach a regular bus stop, they must call Votran to arrange transportation. Bus space is limited. Carry on items are limited to a pillow, blanket and one carry-on bag (not larger than 22”x 16”x 8”).Telephone numbers for Votran are:

Daytona Beach 386-322-5100
West Volusia 386-943-7050
New Smyrna Beach 386-424-6810

Supplemental Emergency Information and Updates:

People with Disabilities: 

Agency for persons with disabilities:


A toll-free number has been established for veterans who receive care in the impacted area.           Call 1-800-507-4571 to receive information on where to go for care, how to receive prescription drugs, or any other concerns they may have about their care. The phone line will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

SNAP Benefits and Assistance

DCF announced it has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. ◦SNAP customers who were scheduled to receive their benefits between September 1 and September 14 can now access those benefits using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. This is an early release of regular benefits, not a distribution of additional funds.

Where to report storm debris:

Crisis Cleanup will also open their Home Cleanup Hotline (844-965-1386) on Monday, September 2 to help individuals who experienced damage to their homes and property.

Don’t wait to get your prescriptions filled. In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, OIR has notified all health insurers, managed care organizations and other health entities of their statutory obligation to allow for early prescription refills during a state of emergency here.



ElderSource 2019 Luminary Award

Congratulations to our 2019 Luminary Nominees:

With the help of the community, we’ve been able to identify and nominate individuals who are “leading lights” working in a myriad of jobs in the aging industry and deserve to be recognized for their contributions.

What is a Luminary?

Someone who is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in their chosen field, a leading light.

Luminary nominees and winners will be recognized at our our annual fundraising event, A Night with the Stars on Monday, October 28 at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre.  A Night with the Stars is an evening celebration honoring professional caregivers in the aging industry who go above and beyond in their daily service to seniors in the community. The event will feature a “Parade of Stars,” recognizing all of the nominees and the special presentations of the Luminary Awards and the Delores Barr Weaver Elder Advocate Award.

Congratulations to our 2019

ElderSource Luminary Nominees

Jonathan Alarilla, Medication Technician, Wyndham Lakes

Sharon Alford, Certified Nursing Assistant, Brooks Rehabilitation

Lucia Avenido, Certified Nursing Assistant, Silver Treasures at Lane

Frances Bartelt, Volunteer Coordinator, Nassau County Council on Aging

Paul Marie Bengono, Resident Service Assistant, Silver Creek St. Augustine

Carla Beverly, Home Health Supervisor, Nassau County Council on Aging

Susan Bird, Business Office Manager, Silver Creek St.Augustine

Shirley Brown, Volunteer Project/Faith Coordinator, Edward Waters College Schell Sweet Center

Dorothy Daise, Unit Clerk/C N A, Brooks University Crossing

Diandra Dyer, Director of Resident Care, Autumn Village Assisted Living Facility

Karen Follis, Concierge, Wyndham Lakes

Reginald Gaffney, City Councilman City of Jacksonville

Marie Heath, Assistant Vice President, Edward Waters College Schell Sweet Community Resource Center

Carol Hill, Manager of Apartments, Taylor Apartments

Marie Honaker, Physical Therapist Assistant, Brooks University Crossing

Jeremy Howell, Administrative Assistant, The Clair Winston House, LLC

Gloria Johnson, Housekeeper, Wyndham Lakes

Irina Kolomeyer, Coordinator, Florida Department of Health-Duval

Sue Leger-Krall, Director, River Garden Senior Services

Josephine Mercado, Aide ,Silver Treasures at Lane

Margarette Meyers, Activities Assistant, Wyndham Lakes

Rick Newell, Maintenance Technician, Wyndham Lakes

Clare Parker, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Brooks Rehabilitation  Bartram Crossings

Mimi Pascal, Director of Resident Care, Fort Caroline Gardens

Elizabeth Paulson, Manager, JEA

Lisa Poremba, Director Life Enrichment Services, River Garden Senior Services

Marta Raymundo, Certified Nursing Assistant, Taylor Care Center

Debra Richards, Owner/Aide, Debra Richards Adult Family Home Care

Wayne L. Rogers, Lead Driver, North Florida Executive Transportation LLC

Margaret Schickerling, Med Tech, Silver Creek St.Augustine

Sandra Stokes, Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Instead Senior Care

Anna Strickland, Direct Support Professional, Pine Castle

Jim Stuck, Volunteer, Beaches Council on Aging

Tina Tadros, Manager of Adult Daycare Program, River Garden Hebrew Home

Allison Thomas-Johnson, Manager of Case Management, United Healthcare Community

Ashlee Torres, Salon Services Manager, Brookdale Southside (Hair Salon)

Andrea Vallee, Assistant Administrator, Taylor Apartments

Tiffany Wilkinson, Resident Care Coordinator, Dayspring Senior Living

Jerry Williamson, Maintenance Tech, Taylor Apartments

Katelyn Woodcock, Activity Coordinator, Brooks Rehabilitation Bartram Crossing

Ruth Woods, Server, Wyndham Lakes

Randy Yost, Executive Director, Princeton Village of Palm Coast

Krissy Young, Director of Resident Programs, Brookdale Southside


Missed last year’s event? Click here for photos!

To learn more about this year’s event click here

Individual ticket prices begin at $75. Click Here to Purchase Tickets

If you’re interested in being a sponsor, please contact Andrea Spencer at or dial 904-391- 6692 for available sponsorship opportunities. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the nomination process or form, please contact Alex McClain 904-391-6679 or If you do not receive a confirmation email within 3-5 days of submitting your nomination, please contact Alexandra McClain. 

A Night with the Stars is an event funded by the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund est. 2015



Join ElderSource for A Night with the Stars 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019 

The Alhambra Dinner Theater 

12000 Beach Boulevard

Jacksonville, Fl 322246

6:00pm to 9:00pm 

Business professional attire

Ticket information coming soon

A Night with the Stars is an evening celebration honoring professional caregivers in the aging industry who go above and beyond in their daily service to seniors in the community. There are so many outstanding professionals who are on the front lines of caring for our seniors. However, there are those who work in quiet, unassuming ways behind the scenes providing vital support to seniors in the work that they do. ElderSource would like to shine a light on all these caregivers who are making an impact on the people they serve and their peers.

Individual ticket price is $75 and there are opportunities for sponsorship available. For more information about sponsorship opportunities contact

Andrea Spencer at Andrea. or dial 904-391-6692

We are also kicking off our Luminary Nominations process really soon and we’re inviting you to nominate a professional caregiver you feel deserves to be honored for their dedicated work in helping to serve seniors in Northeast Florida.  A Luminary is someone who is an inspiration to others, one who has achieved success in their chosen field, a leading light.

Stay tuned for more details and information on how to nominate a Luminary Nominee.




2018 Impact Report

Our 2018 Impact Report is here! Take a look at what’s inside to see how we made an impact on the senior communities of Northeast Florida.   ElderSource 2018 Impact Report

Recap: World Elder Abuse Awareness

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our FREE workshop in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15th. We appreciate those who came and were able to gather great educational information. Thank you again to our speakers: Ken Amaro, First Coast News Consumer Advocate; Alicia Somers, Regions Bank Financial Wellness Manager, Octavius Holliday Jr. State Attorney’s Office.  We also thank St. John’s Council on Aging for helping us coordinate the event as well.

To see the full gallery of photos click here

For more information on elder abuse click here.


A Special Thank you from ElderSource CEO, Linda Levin

ElderSource is celebrating 45 years of service to seniors and caregivers in Northeast Florida. Over the years we have helped countless seniors, caregivers and families with information and resources so they can live their lives with more independence and dignity.

We’re thankful that we have not only been able to help people in the community, but that we’ve had the support of great community partners and friends to fulfill our mission. We know we could not have done it without your kindness, support and belief in our mission.

Thank you!

Check out the special thank you message below from our CEO, Linda Levin.

Click here to see a list of our community partners

Click here to see our 45 year anniversary timeline 

ElderSource Institute Launches Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Caregivers invited to sign-up NOW!

ElderSource Institute’s Virtual Caregiver Support Group gives caregivers a safe place to share information, ask questions, voice personal feelings and stories. The support group will make it possible for caregivers to connect face-to-face in real time with other caregivers using today’s technology.

The groups will meet once a week for six to eight weeks (once a week) with each session lasting 60 to 90 minutes and will be facilitated by a skilled moderator who will guide the participants through their conversations.

Any caregiver living in Northeast Florida can sign up; however the group will be focused on those who feel they cannot leave their loved one to attend a support group but would benefit from participating in one.

Caregivers need to have internet access and some form of technology to participate such as a smart phone, tablet, iPad, desk top computer or laptop computer. A video conferencing app will be used and the facilitator will instruct the caregiver on how to use the app.

Support groups can offer a safe place to share information, ask questions, voice personal feelings and stories. Studies show that over 66% of caregivers feel isolated.

“While friends continue on their daily routines, some caregivers feel alone in their caregiving duties and often are isolated from friends and social activities, feeling disconnected,” said ElderSource Institute CEO Linda Levin. “Caregivers without support from other caregivers in similar situations may feel as though no one really understands their situation,” she added.

The Support Group has officially launched and we invite you to join us! 

For more information on how to participate or to make a referral for the Virtual Caregiver Support Group, please email Louise Starmann at or call Linda Levin at 904-391-6610.

The Virtual Caregiver Support Group is funded from the proceeds of the annual ElderSource fundraising event, A Night with the Stars.

Support ElderSource on Give Out Day, April 18th

The official countdown for Give Out Day has begun! Join ElderSource on Thursday, April 18th to show your support for LGBT elders in Northeast Florida.  Give Out Day is a national day dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the LGBT community.  Learn more here. 

Many LGBT elders aren’t accessing valuable community resources because they fear being harassed or mistreated. This leaves them at a greater risk for poverty, social isolation and even depression.

Through a partnership with ElderSource Institute, our goal is to help provide businesses with the unique tools they need to better serve LGBT elders. By educating businesses on the needs and concerns of the LGBT community we hope more businesses will become trusted and reliable resources to everyone they serve; including LGBT elders.

Click here to learn more about our LGBT elder initiatives 

We hope we will have your support on April 18th! 

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