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.


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

Community Representative - four members as follows:

  • Caregiver
  • Recipient of services for older adults
  • Member of the faith based community
  • Shall have significant experience in elder law matters


Members shall serve staggered terms as follows:

  • BOCC Representatives - two year terms
  • Agency Representatives - three year terms
  • Community Representative - three year terms

After three terms, a member may not be reappointed.

Special Requirements:

Appointment to this Council is contingent upon passing a criminal background check.


  • BOCC Resolution R10-132, passed and adopted 9/22/2010.
  • By-laws amended and adopted 7/8/2014


Quarterly, 2nd Tuesday, time to be determined.


Emily Zettel
Program Manager
Department of Aging Services
3191 Clay Mangum Lane
Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: (813) 272-6956


Member Position Dates of Service
Ms. Debbie Caneen Commissioner Mariella Smith / BOCC  03/14/2022 -
Ms. Robin Ingles  Commissioner Harry Cohen / BOCC  03/14/2022 -
Mr. Jared Jones Commissioner Ken Hagan / BOCC 11/22/2019 -
Dr. Julie Lewerenz Commissioner Pat Kemp/ BOCC  09/25/2018 -

Commissioner Kimberly Overman / BOCC 

Ms. Alexis Nguyen Commissioner Gwen Myers / BOCC 02/10/2021 -
  Commissioner Stacy White / BOCC  

Provider of Services for Older Adults/Agency Representative

  Department of Children and Families Representative / Agency Representative   
Ms. Charlotte McHenry Senior Connection Center, Inc. / Agency Representative 01/12/2022 -
  University or College of Gerontology, Aging Studies, or related Field of Study / Agency Representative   
Mr. William Lucius Caregiver/Community Representative 10/03/2018 -
Ms. Morgan Vasigh Experience in Elder Law Matters / Community Representative 10/16/2019 -

Recipient of services for older adults/ Community Representative
Ms. Mary Dilworth
Faith based community/Community Representative 06/02/2022 -