Cindy Flowers and Norma Berger, two founding members of PALM Aging, began their professional relationship in 2004 when they both worked with the aging population in quite different capacities. They became close colleagues, and in 2012, finally seized the opportunity to work together, and over the next five years, developed their careers in Aging Life Care Management, with Cindy serving as Norma’s mentor. They both share a deep love and respect for older people, and a mission to honor their independence and choices. It’s with this in mind that they finally decided to open their own practice, to truly advocate effectively for their clients.
Cindy received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and her Master’s from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has worked for more than 30 years in the healthcare field, serving in leadership roles in Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facilities and in Home Healthcare. She is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Cindy’s vast knowledge and skills working with the geriatric population allows her to professionally and uniquely serve the needs of seniors and their families. Cindy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Aging Life Care Association.
In Cindy’s free time, you can find her on the water – boating, fishing or kayaking. Cindy was a collegiate golfer so you may also find her on the golf course still trying to catch those birdies.
Norma received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and her Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Care Management from the University of Florida. She has worked with the aging population in Gainesville, Florida for fifteen years. She is a Certified Aging Life Care Manager (aka Geriatric Care Manager) with extensive knowledge of our community and available services, allowing her to professionally coordinate care to meet the needs of seniors and their family members. She is an advanced professional member of the Aging Life Care Association, and also serves as a facilitator for a local support group for caregivers of people with dementia, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.
In her spare time, Norma enjoys performing in local theater productions, singing in Voices Rising Community Chorus, and cooking for friends and family.
Becky Schubert graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Allentown College. She has many years of experience as a Registered Nurse. She has served in a variety of leadership roles in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, including the Director of Nursing on Medical Surgical and Transitional Care Units. In addition to direct care nursing positions she has also served in the role of Educator, Patient Advocate and Nursing Quality Assurance Coordinator.
She currently serves as a volunteer at the Flagler County Free Clinic and a local Elementary School. In her free time she enjoys birding, camping and volunteering at the Flagler County Free Clinic and local Elementary School.
Dorene Bissonette – the owner – graduated from Cazenovia College in New York, then completed her Nursing degree at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She has worked in the long term care setting for the past 26 years serving as Director of Nursing, Senior Clinical Risk Manager and most recently as Regional Nurse. Dorene is a Certified Dementia Specialist, and has been published in the Florida Health Care Association Pulse as well as presented at their annual conference.
She and her husband live in St. Augustine. She enjoys spending time with her seven grandchildren, baking, and reading.
Bebe Kelly has over 20 years experience with our senior population, including Assisted Living and Memory Care units. Bebe is a resident of Palm Coast where she is active in the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Alzheimer’s Association, Palm Coast Community Church, and Professional Women of Flagler County (PWFC).
Bebe has been honored as Woman of the Year 2021 by PWFC and the Rotary Club Star Senior Advocate Award. Bebe is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Bebe has been facilitating Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups in Flagler and St Johns Counties for over 10 years.
During a summer stay in Pennsylvania when she was young, Samantha Fleming had the opportunity to assist her great-grandfather who suffered a stroke. She witnessed first hand the challenges, experiences and the emotional strain placed on her family, and her passion for helping older people was discovered. Samantha earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Sociology from Valdosta State University. She was born and raised in Georgia, but brought her southern charm to Gainesville, FL in 2008. She has worked in multiple capacities within governmental and home health agencies since 2002.
She loves spending time with her husband and three children and jumps at the opportunity to relax at the beach.
Cheryl Courtright found her passion working with seniors in 2008, after a successful career in retail management and training. She worked for an award winning home care company for several years prior to working as an Executive Director of assisted living communities for nine years and is CORE certified with Elder Affairs.
Cheryl enjoys gathering with family, friends, golfing, and traveling.