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Instructors

The Friendship Center for Aging Studies CE courses and general education offerings are led by the most skilled instructors in the profession. Each professional teaching the course gives clear instruction and materials relative to the course objectives. Content is delivered in a format that instills confidence needed to successfully finish each course.

Many of our staff have held academic appointments at leading universities and medical centers with extensive education and training in aging and related fields.

The Friendship Center for Aging Studies professional resources include supporting our clinical work with information from our doctors, nurses, professionals and volunteers who gather information and material for each course.

The top professionals in the field develop our own on-site lectures and in-house curriculum.

Courses are presented by highly experienced professionals integrating the emerging science-based research and the universal age-related issues and challenges facing our aging population.

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Linda Albert, B.A., APA Certification, Master Certification Neuro-Linguistics

Linda Albert is a certified Archetypal Pattern Analyst (APA) and communications and life coach. She holds APA and dream translator…
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Diane Alexander, B.A., M.A., MBA

Diane Alexander is president of The MindWorks, an international organization dedicated to helping people learn to use more of their…
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Babette Bach, Esquire

Babette Bach is a Florida Board Certified Elder Law attorney and the founder of BACH & JACOBS, P.A. Ms. Bach…
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Steve Brasington, MD

Steve Brasington, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with more than 30 years of mental health experience. A US Navy Veteran,…
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Mary Bray, M.A.

Mary Bray, MA has worked with people with chronic pain, obesity, alcoholism, and other addictions. She has written several books…
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Carol Costanzo Vengroff, Sue Lanier, Juliette Gay Jones, and Lisa Cedrone

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Lisa Cedrone

Lisa Cedrone’s universal worldview changed following a profound near-death experience in October 2002, during which she was given the opportunity…
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Margaret Clarke, OT

Occupational Therapist
Margaret Clarke was born in England. She became an occupational therapist, and worked for 11 years, prior to taking the…
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Phil Couture B.S. CFP

Phil Couture began his financial career in 1971 and started financial planning in 1980, but the market’s collapse in 1987…
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David Beckett

David Beckett identifies as a gay man who has three-times been able to create new world-class standards for fields in…
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Dr. Christopher Boulton and Dwayne Scheuneman

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Janis Frawley, M.S., ASHLA

Janis is licensed by the State of Florida, certified by membership in American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHLA). She…
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Kim Gregory

Kim is the owner of Sarasota Kayak Tours. Her business is based in Sarasota, Florida and has been in operation…
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Alan B. Grindal, MD, FAHA, FAAN

Dr. Grindal is a board-certified neurologist with 38 years of experience practicing in Sarasota and has been repeatedly selected among…
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Lenice Haber, MSW, CDP & Cheryl L. Hamlin, LCSW, CDP

Lenice has lived in Sarasota, Florida for 15 years and earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University…
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Kathleen Hnat, CPh, RPh

License while working in the long-term care industry. She has more than 25 years of pharmacy management experience. She has…
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Barry Jacobs, Psy.D. and Julia Mayer, Psy.D.

Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. and Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D. are the co-authors of the new book, AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical,…
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James Hollis, Ph.D.

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Juliette Gay Jones, Ph.D.

Juliette Gay Jones’ hospice patients have become some of her greatest teachers. The bedside of the dying is a sacred…
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Kenneth Kinzie, LCSW

Ken is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Vice President of the Grief Education & Support Center at Tidewell…
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Nicci Kobritz, ANP, B.S.

Nicci Kobritz is the founder of the Center for Brain Health. She has a certificate as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner…
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Sue Lanier, LCSW, Ph.D.

Sue Lanier, LCSW, Ph.D., was born in a snowstorm and during a time of war. She was to experience near-death…
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Hedda Matza-Haughton, LCSW

Hedda Matza-Haughton is a specialist in the area of communication between the mind and body, and a breast cancer survivor.…
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Baila Miller, B.A., M.A.

Baila Miller completed a bachelor’s, a master’s degree, and post graduate work in the area of instruction and curriculum development…
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Beverly Mustaine, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, ACS

Dr. Mustaine is an Associate Professor in the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences at Argosy University in Sarasota,…
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Jason Nippert, B.S.

Jason earned his degree in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University and is a member of the American College of…
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Linda Odom, B.B.A.

Linda Odom holds a Bachelor Business Administration from Georgia College & State University and in 2007 received her Certificate of…
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Sharon Ohrenstein, B.A.

Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein has worked professionally as a singer, actor, director, writer, lyricist, arranger, teacher and reviewer. She received her…
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KEVIN W. O’NEIL, MD, FACP, CMD

Dr. Kevin O'Neil is the Chief Medical Officer for Brookdale Senior Living. He is a Clinical Professor in the School…
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Butch Phelps, B.S., LMT

Butch Phelps is a Florida licensed massage therapist and is certified in neuromuscular massage, sports massage, and active isolated stretching.…
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Mark Pitstick, MA, DC

Dr. Mark Pitstick has over 40 years’ experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers and private…
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Scott Porter, MSPT, CSCS

Scott Porter has practiced physical therapy in Sarasota for over 20 years. Scott’s formal education began at California State University,…
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Wendy Rickenbach-Barclay, CSA, CDP, CADDT, CTCF CEO, Assisted Living Finders, LLC and We Help Seniors, Inc. Owner, CarePatrol Gulf Coast

Wendy Rickenbach-Barclay is the proud owner of CarePatrol Gulf Coast serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties, the top placement agency for…
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Jane Roberts, Ph.D. ACSW, LCSW,

Dr. Jane Roberts is Chair of the Duvall Family Studies Initiative and an instructor in the College of Liberal Arts…
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Andy Rousseau

Andy Rousseau has been buying since he was 12 and at young age of 16 he purchased his first estate.…
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Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D

Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D., is a psychologist, teacher, and author living in Longmont, CO. He maintains a psychotherapy practice in…
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George H. Schofield, Ph.D.

Dr. George Schofield is an Expert and Futurist on Navigating Our New Normal. The Old Normal and the tools we've…
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Emily Schwarz, B.A.

Emily Schwarz was born and raised in our nation’s capital and has always had a great interest and deep respect…
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Tamar Shovali, Ph.D.

Tamar Shovali, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Human Development at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Shovali earned…
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Barry Stein, MD

Dr. Barry Stein, a well-known Family Practice Physician in Sarasota, graduated from the University of Cape Town, Faculty of Medicine,…
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Universal Design Coalition

Universal Design (UD) is the umbrella under which certain design and building principles are implemented allowing residential living environments to…
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Carol Vengroff

Carol Costanzo Vengroff’s spiritual journey began in France, where as a child she had a life altering near-death experience. Her…
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Paulette Weber, B.S., Registered Dietitian

Paulette is an experienced registered dietitian and nutritionist providing nutritional assessments and advising clients how best to support brain health…
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Monika Wikman, Ph.D.

Monika Wikman, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, astrologer, and author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness. She…
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