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. Sheri has spent her career in the healthcare field as a Registered Dental Hygienist for 35 years. She holds a certification as a Dementia Practitioner from The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. 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 of Applied Science from Cuyahoga Community College, 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.