Staff

The roles and responsibilities of the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas are very broad and require a wide range of specialized activities to be performed by staff. The agency is divided into departments which provide functional activities carried out by the staff of the agency in support of its overall goals and objectives. The agency’s main phone number is (727) 570-9696. Callers initially reach a voice mail system prompting them to key in a three-digit extension (Ext.) for staff.

 Administration

Under the direction of the AAAPP Board of Directors, formulates and directs the enforcement of all policies, procedures, rules, regulations and guidelines issued by the agency pursuant to its authority through federal and state statutes and mandates; oversees the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC); manages the human resources of the agency; ensures statutory and regulatory compliance; and maintains communications and relationships with other Area Agencies on Aging and representatives of local, state and national groups involved in aging.

Helen King – Acting Executive Director; Ext. 210
Brenda Black – Administrative Secretary, Ext. 233
Katherine Thomley – Receptionist/Office Assistant, Ext. 200

Department of Programs &  Accountability

Responsible for establishing procedures governing state and federal service provision, training and coordination activities of service providers; monitor state and federal programs according to applicable program guidelines; provide technical assistance to contractors; develop bid specifications; review and critique proposal for funding.   Also responsible for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Program.

Tawnya Martino – Director of Program Accountability, Ext. 246
Shannon Burton-Fernandez- Program Manager, Ext. 271
Peggy Herlache, Program Coordinator, Ext. 243
Chris Eger – Service Analyst, Ext. 216
Sherry Clester – Victim Advocate Program Manager, Ext. 259
Kathy Cornwell – Victim Advocate, Ext. 261

Department of Planning & Healthcare Initiatives

Responsible for developing and administering a multi-year Area Plan which sets forth the activities of the Area Agency on Aging; develop, submit and implement new and innovative projects to address needs of seniors; assess community resources and gaps in service through needs assessment and other research; maintain demographic data; conduct public hearings; oversee health and wellness program; and advocate for seniors through representation on community councils and advisory groups.   Manage the National Family Caregiver Support Program and the SHINE Program.

Jason Martino – Director of Planning Ext. 272
Jody Ferguson Hensler – Caregiver Specialist Coordinator, Ext. 221
Nicole Day – Caregiver Specialist, Ext. 251
Sue Samson- SHINE Program Manager, Ext. 234
Geralyn Fortney-SHINE  Program Assistant, Ext. 214
Sylvia Hill, SHINE Program Assistant, Ext. 213

Department of Aging & Disability Access

As the entry point for the Aging and Disability Resource Center, this unit includes the The Helpline, a federally funded Information and Assistance/Referral service; and Intake, which provides triage, screening, prioritization and option counseling for seniors and disabled adults in need of services from government funded programs. Also responsible for the operations of the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long Term Care Program (SMMCLTCP).

Beverly Hamner Burton – ADRC Director, Ext. 253
Tracy Barrows – Information & Assistance Coordinator, Ext. 254
Cynthia Rennick – Information & Assistance Specialist, Ext. 220
Rosaida Rolon – Information & Assistance Specialist, Ext. 279
Douangchai (Dawn) Sarivong- Information & Assistance Specialist, Ext. 255
Kandice White-Information & Assistance Specialist, Ext.
Jill Gonzales-Information & Assistance Specialist, Ext. 299
Corinna Powers – Intake Specialist, Ext. 275
Sara Evans-Intake Specialist Coordinator, Ext. 241
Nancy Merica-Keil – Intake Specialist, Ext. 237
Celeste Johnson – Lead Medicaid Waiver Specialist, Ext. 242
Margaret Downey-Medicaid Benefits Counselor, Ext. 227
Leah Carr – Medicaid Benefits Counselor, Ext. 285
Nancy Napolitano – Medicaid Benefits Counselor, Ext. 219
Chrysti Reichert – Medicaid Benefits Counselor Coordinator, Ext. 295
Camy Hayes- Medicaid Waiver Specialist/Med. Benefits Counselor, Ext. 257
Debbie Maulorico- Medicaid Waiver/Quality Assurance Specialist, Ext. 286
Wendy Garcia-Medicaid Benefits Counselor, Ext 298
Teresa Bobo-Medicaid Benefits Counselor, Ext 256

To call the Helpline dial 1-800-963-5337. Calling from outside the area: 727-217-8111.

Department of Finance & IT

Responsible for payroll, accounts payable; financial reports; fiscal planning, budgeting and control of AAAPP financial affairs; preparation of contracts and contract amendments; performance of fiscal monitoring of all providers; oversight of the implementation and operation of all computer hardware and software for the AAAPP and grantee agencies; and coordination of data entry activities between AAAPP, grantee agencies and Department of Elder Affairs. Responsible for the operations of the Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services Program (VD HCBS).

Katherine Guy Carleton – Chief Financial Officer, Ext. 218
Hubert Ayers – Fiscal Services Coordinator, Ext. 284
Susan Collacchioni – Contract Compliance Specialist, Ext. 281
Jelena Zivanovic – VA Budget Program Analyst, Ext. 260
Laura Holder Hurley – AP/Payroll Specialist, Ext. 250
Margie Stafford – LAN Administrator, Ext. 224
Linda Todd – Data/IT Support Assistant, Ext. 226