Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala

Three people, together, flagging a victory win

Meet Our Board Members

The board members of the Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala are resourceful and optimistic, forward-looking in our direction of innovation and implementation of programs for all seniors.

Let’s meet them…

Phyllis Silverman

Retired
Founder/President

I have been a resident of On Top Of the World off and on since 2006. I am a mother of three sons, Herb, Len, and David, and a grandmother of three, Greg, Ben, and Evelyn.

I am a graduate of Boston University and spent over 35 years in healthcare marketing and public relations. I enjoy working with other seniors and am dedicated to finding ways to make life enjoyable and enriching. “It’s not age, it’s attitude!”

Phyllis Silverman - Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala - Founder/President

Tamara L. Fleischhaker

Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP)
Board Member

I am the VP of Business Advocacy and Partner Services for the Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP). In this role, I engage our elected and appointed officials on the legislative issues that can enhance or restrict our business climate. I also oversee the programs and services that support, connect, and train our partners, ensuring that they receive value for their investment.

I moved to Ocala in April of 2006 to work for the CEP and fell in love with this community. My professional background includes communications, marketing, account management, and public policy. I also have over 25 years of festival and event management experience with various international festivals and events. 

I believe in giving back to the community, with one of my roles outside of work is serving as a member of the Friends of the Christmas Parade organization which produces the largest nighttime Christmas parade in the state of Florida…right here in Ocala. I have a strong passion for the programs and organizations that help our seniors live their best life and am proud to be on the board for the Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala.

Tirsa Rodriguez - Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala Board Member

Cindy Gaffin

Retired
Board Member

I have always had an aspiration to help others. I spent four years on active-duty service with the United States Navy Medical Corp and my training involved a lot of counseling and evaluation of many forms of social and psychiatric conditions.

Going further, it was to my joy that my husband’s podiatrist practice served a lot of senior patients and gave me the rewarding opportunity to continue working with the senior community. Very hard worker and a quick learner, these talents enabled me to help my husband get his private practice up and running. Though I had not planned to work in his practice for the long term, we soon realized that our individual strengths balanced so well that I remained in the practice as Office Manager for thirty years.

I am also a mother to two kids, I volunteered to chaperone events, attend ball games, and bake goodies for fundraisers. I love to be busy, and I want to use my time and talent to help and serve others.

Cindy Gaffin - Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala Board Member

Scott Kiefer

Kiefer Insurance
Board Member

I am a native Floridian, born in Palatka, and have spent the vast majority of his life here in Ocala. After completing my education at Forest High School, I attended and graduated from Stetson University in 1983, earning a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.  From there, I returned to Ocala to join my father in the insurance business.

I has become an expert in my field, specializing in insurance for older adults, including Medicare Supplements and Advantage plans; Long-term care insurance; and Life insurance, especially for retirement planning. I am known in Ocala for being the go-to guy because of my ability to help seniors navigate these sometimes confusing systems.

I met and married my wife, Bridget and we have been together for the last 34 years.  We have two children, Avery and Riley.

During his free time, I enjoy playing tennis and attending Gator football and baseball games with my family.

Scott Kiefer - Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala Board Member

Natalie McComb

AdventHealth Ocala
Board Member

I am Marketing Manager for AdventHealth Ocala. In this role I am responsible for marketing the hospital’s service lines, managing internal communications and branding, in addition to community partnerships and engagement. Prior to joining AdventHealth in 2019, I was Vice President of Resource Development at the United Way of Marion County. I have held prior positions at Virtua Health Foundation in Marlton, New Jersey, and Temple University and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

My husband, John, and I, are proud parents to twins, Ben and Grace who are currently in elementary school. I enjoy running, kayaking, traveling and trying to improve my golf game. I am excited to be on the board so I can make a difference for area seniors, particularly those in need.

Natalie McComb - Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala Board Member

Tirsa Rodriguez

Mid-Florida Agencies – Florida Blue
Board Member

I have always had it in my heart to help people, especially my elders. I enjoy listening to their experiences and seeing their perspectives on life.

Furthermore, I moved to Ocala in 2001. A mother of two children and two (plus one soon) grandchildren, I made this Ocala my home. I am a proud ambassador for the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership, the #1 National Chamber of the Year 2020.

Previously, I was in the hospitality industry since 1990. However, my son encouraged me to become an insurance agent, and I am loving the fact that I get to educate interested people on their health insurance options.

Tirsa Rodriguez - Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala Board Member

Lanie Shirey

Hospice of Marion County
Board Member

In 2003, my father’s COPD was getting worse. No one ever told us about options or resources and they certainly never brought up the “H” word. So, he continued struggling for every breath. Sadly, he passed away in the hospital.

My father’s experience and death left me feeling guilty for many years. Over time, those feelings evolved into my passion, which is hospice and palliative care. My job as Director of Marketing for Hospice of Marion County, is to help educate people and to make sure they have the tools and resources to make their own, informed decisions.

 

Lanie Shirey - Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala Board Member

Herb Silverman

Retired
Marketing/Webmaster

My prior career was concentrated on management, marketing, and sales for almost thirty years. Now retired, my passion is blogging, networking, and volunteering in Central Florida. In fact, I engage in various committees and local charities in the community, so I am always on the go, specially in my capacity as the marketing and webmaster for the Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala.

Furthermore, for my education, I graduated from the University of Chicago in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. I went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from Emory University in 1989. Additionally, I completed three certificates in information technology.

For my pastime, I take fulfillment in writing and editing on my blog, Unmistakably Herb, and enjoy connections with both old and new friends.

Herb Silverman - Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala - Marketing/Webmaster

Greg Steen

Family’s Choice Electrical Repair
Board Member

I was born and raised in Ocala, where my wife and I, Heather, still reside. I understand the value of hard work, and I am now a successful entrepreneur with my own electrical company. My heart is in my hometown, and I serve on a number of boards. I am ready to work with the Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala to improve the lives of seniors.

Greg Steen - Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala Board Member

Glenda Thomas

Marion Senior Services
Board Member

I am a native of Ocala, Florida.  I am currently employed as Outreach Manager for Marion Senior Services, responsible for reception, intake and volunteer services.  I am passionate about helping seniors live their best quality of life. 

I hold a degree in Human Services from Grace Christian University and am currently pursuing my Masters in Organizational Leadership.  I am a proud mother/grandmother, and enjoys spending time with family.

Glenda Thomas - Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala Board Member