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Council on Aging
This Council advocates on behalf of older adults for the betterment of their well being and to provide input to the Department Aging Services, including the Board of County Commissioners, on matters relating to the quality of life of older adults.

MEMBERSHIP:
The membership of this Council shall be appointed by the BOCC and shall be comprised of 15 members. Composition is specified as follows:

Hillsborough County Commissioners - one member each

Agency Representatives - four members as follows:
  • Senior Connection Center, Inc
  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Shall be a Provider of services to older adults
  • A University or College of Gerontology, Aging Studies, or related field of study

Citizen's Representatives - four members as follows:
  • Caregiver for older adults
  • Recipient of services for older adults who is over the age of 60
  • Member of the faith based community
  • Shall have significant experience in elder law matters

TERMS:
Members shall serve staggered terms as follows:
  • BOCC Representatives - two year terms
  • Agency Representatives - three year terms
  • Citizen Representatives - initially three year terms, subsequent two year terms

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Appointment to this Council is contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

AUTHORITY:
BOCC Resolution R10-132, passed and adopted 9/22/2010.

MEETINGS:
Quarterly.

MEMBERS:

Member Position / Appointed By Dates of Service
Ms. Maura Bourget  Faith Based Community Representative / BOCC 07/20/2016-
07/31/2018
Ms. Debbie Caneen Commissioner Victor Crist / BOCC 02/11/2016-
03/31/2018
Ms. Terry Castro Commissioner Sandra Murman /
BOCC
07/13/2015-
07/31/2017
Ms. Jeanne Cohen Recipient of services for older adults who is over the age of 60
/ Citizen Representative
03/02/2011-
03/31/2018*
Ms. Kelly Kelley Department of Children and Families/Agency Representative 03/02/2011-
03/31/2019*
Ms. Charlotte McHenry Senior Connection Center, Inc./ Agency Representative 12/03/2014- 03/31/2017
Ms. Maureen Murphy Provider of Services for Older Adults/Agency Representative 03/23/2016-
03/31/2019
Ms. Grace Puterman Commissioner Ken Hagan / BOCC 03/02/2011-
03/31/2017*
Ms. Patricia Robinson Commissioner Kevin Beckner / BOCC 04/12/2011-
04/30/2017*
Mr. Daniel Schuman Experience in Elder Law Matters/Citizen Representative 02/18/2015-
02/28/2019
Ms. Dipa Shah Commissioner Stacy White / BOCC 05/22/2015-
05/30/2017
Dr. Brent Small University or College of Gerontology, Aging Studies, or related field of study/Agency Representative 03/23/2016-
03/31/2019
Commissioner Lesley "Les" Miller / BOCC
Commissioner Al Higginbotham / BOCC
Caregiver for older adults/Citizen Representative

*Reappointed

Contact Information
Agatha McDougle
Project Coordinator 
Department of Aging Services
3191 Clay Mangum Lane
Tampa, FL 33618

813-272-6956 
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