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




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


Member Position Dates of Service
Mr. Jared Jones Commissioner Ken Hagan / BOCC 11/22/2019 -
Ms. Ray Klein  Commissioner Mariella Smith / BOCC  10/16/2019 -
Dr. Julie Lewerenz Commissioner Pat Kemp/ BOCC  09/25/2018 -
Dr. Lester Martinez-Lopez
Commissioner Kimberly Overman / BOCC  07/21/2020-
Ms. Alexis Nguyen Commissioner Gwen Myers / BOCC 02/10/2021 -
  Commissioner Harry Cohen / BOCC  
  Commissioner Stacy White / BOCC  
Ms. Maureen Murphy  Provider of Services for Older Adults/Agency Representative 03/23/2016 -
  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

Faith based community/Community Representative