The Roundtable Dementia Support Team

Herb Etheridge

Herbert Etheridge is president and founder of the Roundtable Dementia Support Group, a peer-

to- peer caregiver support group in the Heritage Isle retirement community in the Melbourne,

Fl. Community of Viera. He is a certified as a Dementia Practitioner by the National Council of

Certified Dementia Practitioners and a Certified Support Group Facilitator by the Alzheimer's

Association of America. He retired as a Senior Operations Manager with Levis Strauss & Co.

and retired with his wife, Lynda, to Viera following her early-onset diagnosis with Alzheimer's

Disease in early 2016.  While in the later stage of Alzheimer’s, his wife of 57 years entered a

Viera memory care residence in August 2019 and has now entered the advanced stage of

Alzheimer's.  Following Lynda's first year at her residence, and in her memory, he decided

to dedicate his retirement life to providing education and support to other Alzheimer’s

caregivers within the Heritage Isle community and beyond.   Pursuant to this new goal in life

he asked a small group of Heritage Isle friends to join him in forming an Alzheimer's/

dementia support group in January 2021.  As of August 2021, his leadership team of four

has facilitated 20 support group meetings in a peer-to-peer setting with a psycho-educational

approach which alternated group sharing sessions with educational topics,  both of which

focuses on the 8 central needs of dementia caregivers.  The Roundtable Dementia Support

Group has established important ties to other key dementia caregiver support entities that

include the Alzheimer's Association, Brevard County Alzheimer's Foundation, and the Health

First Center for Family Caregivers.

Jim Strader

Jim Strader, is a founding member of The Roundtable Dementia Support Team and currently serves as the Director of Technology.  He held management positions at General Motors / Delphi Automotive in that global industry in product engineering, manufacturing and quality. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering & Management from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, He has facilitated small groups his entire life leading community, professional and fraternal organizations. His volunteerism has included comforting families in the ICU at N.E. Georgia Medical Center. In Heritage Isle he has been actively involved in the Communications Committee, Roadster Club, Elections Committee, HIDA Websites, Investment Club, Keeping HI Healthy, Welcoming Committee, HI Computer Team, Property Manager Search Committee and now the Roundtable Dementia Support Team. Having both family and friends affected by Alzheimer's and dementia, he recognized this as an opportunity to utilize his skills to help implement this most worthy vision Herb had. He has been trained as a volunteer by the Alzheimer's Association. He holds certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

Sheri Humayun

Sheri Humayun is a founding member of the Roundtable Dementia Support Team and currently serves of the Director of Operational Excellence and Education. Sheri has spent her career in the healthcare field as a Registered Dental Hygienist for 35 years.  She holds a certifications as a Certified Dementia Practitioner from The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners as well as a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional. Sheri has a certification in  Brain Longevity Therapy through Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation.  Sheri is Community Educator with The Alzheimer’s Association in facilitation and other dementia related subjects. She has a BA from Malone University, Associate Degree of Applied Science, American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor, and RYT 200 Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance.  Sheri’s passion to provide access to education and support to those with a loved one living with dementia stems from her personal experience with the disease.  

Pat Marzzacco

Pat Marzzacco is honored to be a member of the Roundtable Dementia Support team and welcomes the opportunity to work with Herb, Sheri, Jim and Sandy in their effort to help caregivers of loved ones with dementia. Though Pat was not a caregiver to someone with dementia, she did have a similar experience when her husband, Charlie, was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer. For three and a half years, Pat and Charlie faced daily uncertainties, frequent hospitalizations and heartbreaking decisions until his death in January, 2022. It was then that Pat decided to use her time and skills to help others and to focus on dementia.

Pat’s educational credentials and professional experience span many years. She earned a B.S in Education from Temple University, an M.S in Management from Lesley College, an M.A. in History from Rhode Island College and, finally, at the age of 61, an Ed.D from Harvard University in 2003. Perseverance and tenacity are two of the characteristics of which she is most proud. Her thirty year professional career included teaching history at the high school level and being an administrator at the Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island and at Rhode Island College. In those positions, she demonstrated strong problem-solving skills while working as a committed team member.

In preparation for her work with the Roundtable team, Pat has become an Alzheimer’s Association Facilitator and a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Pat has lived in Melbourne, Florida for 22 years near her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, Charlie and Emily.

Sandy Hill

Sandy is a resident of The Brennity Independent Living Community and joined our team following her retirement after 11 years as the minister of the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd, Melbourne, Florida. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic at San Luis Obisco and the Columbia Theological Seminary.   She taught at the elementary school level for 11+ years and has a rich background of many years of volunteerism throughout her professional life.  Sandy's spouse has been living with dementia for 17+ years (2 years in memory care)  and she is his primary caregiver.  She is a dynamic leader and is dedicating her volunteer effort  with our support group to her spouse of 50 years, Bob.