Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala


These small videos of our Ocala older adults will enrich you and make you appreciate their accomplishments.

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Bill Shampine

Phyllis Silverman will discuss a unique perspective about strategies of water and quality assurance with Bill Shampine in our next “Tapestry of Life” series. 💧
Mr. Shampine is a U.S. Geological Surveyor for over 43 years and, specifically, worked for the Multilateral Middle East Peace Process (MAPP). In specific, he was in charge of coordinating with the Israelites, Palestinians, and Jordanians in projects including water quality, training, and quality implementation technology expert of the team. Bill’s knowledge and expertise both in the international diplomacy and implementation and recommendation on water quality essentials will be enthralling to you!

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Harry Boyajian

In our next “Tapestry of Life” series, Phyllis Silverman will interview Harry Boyajian, musician, crooner, photographer, salesman, and so much more.

Learn how Mr. Bojajian turns a touch of gold to any situation with his work and hobbies. Indeed, Harry will recall touching stories to amused and delight!

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Dr. Florence Pritchard

In our next “Tapestry of Life” series, Phyllis Silverman will interview Dr. Florence Pritchard, President of the Friends of the Freedom Public Library. Their mission is to promote their public library and the patrons it serves over the last 20+ years.

“The Friends find real joy in helping library staff reach out to share Freedom Public Library’s remarkable resources with our community,” said Dr. Pritchand.

“We are an independent non-profit 501(C)(3) charity and members are not library staff. We are an all-volunteer support group that sells used, donated books to help fund library programs and services, and to help equip the library building expansion when it occurs. The Friends’ purpose is to raise money to help support services, programs, and facilities.”

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Paul Blystone

In our next “Tapestry of Life” series, Phyllis Silverman will interview Paul Blystone, a retired veteran at Lieutenant Colonel for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), an auxiliary of the Air Force. CAP’s three missions are Search & Rescue, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs. Lt. Col. Blystone was a mission pilot and pilot instruction. In fact, he has flown over 200 SAR missions.
In addition, Lt. Col. Blyston was Director of Communications for the Florida Wing from 1999 to 2005. He flew over 300 cadets for CAP, Air Force ROTC, and JROTC. He retired from flying for CAP, but still works in communications and does some administrative duties.
Furthermore, Paul began looking for Ham radio operators and wound up joining the Marion County Emergency Radio Team. They prepare for emergencies and provide schools in the area with communications for the shelters to the Marion County Sheriff’s EOC, and work with the Community Emergency Response Team.
On a personal note, his wife, Claudia, is married for 62 years. They met in church and still attend church together.

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Carl Schneider

Fly me to the moon… Phyllis Silverman, Founder and President, from Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala, was thrilled to interview Carl Schneider, Director of Quality and Reliability at NASA (retired.)

Mr. Schneider will speak about his beginning in the field of science and, landing a position in NASA. More than that, he will explore his time of his job and worked side-by-side on with some of the best astronauts of NASA. Finally, he will investigate his experience and the outcome in the Challenge mission.

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Erica Palte

In our next “Tapestry of Life” series, Phyllis Silverman will interview Erice Palte, retired. As a world traveler, Ms. Palte is the second of five generations born in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Erica studied in Israel, Denmark, and the USA before returning to Johannesburg, South Africa. She taught for five years at Kingsmead College, then took the reins of a bankrupt animal shelter. The Animal Anti-Cruelty League then incorporated The Horse Protection Society.

Furthermore, Erica became an engineering recruiter, then spent over 20 years as an international executive healthcare recruiter. Finally retiring, here in Ocala, Florida, she discovered her next mission was to assist in the growth and management of Marion Therapeutic Riding Association as our board in February 2020.

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Toni Jones

Phyllis Silverman will visit with Toni James, Owner/President at Toni James & Associates and former CEO and President of United Way, for our “Tapestry of Life” series.
Ms. James specialized in consequential thinking to develop business strategies, developing relationships at Toni James & Associates. She repairs, strengthen, and build bridges for any business or organization. Ms. James will talk about her experiences in business and marketing, but also her hobbies including a volunteer at the Historic Ocala Preservation Society, Heart of Florida, and so much more.

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Dr. Judy Wilson

Phyllis Silverman will interview Dr. Judy Wilson, the founder and CEO of the Ocala Marion County Domestic Violence Shelter/Sexual Assault Center, for our “Tapestry of Life” series. Since the mid-1970s, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Marion County have had a safe place to turn when they had no place else to go.

As the Ocala Star-Banner indicates, “there was no local center dedicated to abuse victims before Wilson established one in Ocala in 1978. She also established satellite crisis centers in Citrus, Lake, Sumter and Hernando counties. In addition to being an administrator, individual and group therapist, and a local and statewide public education and prevention speaker, Wilson often serves as an expert witness and consultant for the court system and for law enforcement agencies. She also established and implemented a video-taping program for sexually assaulted children.”

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Jay Kreisman

Wonderful time chatting and listening to Jay Kreisman at the Tapestry of Life series!
Jay’s “day job” career was as a chiropractor and high school chemistry teacher. In addition, he created and taught from a music studio in his home in New Jersey for 20 years. Specifically, he coached many private lessons and workshops in classical, jazz, and bluegrass guitar styles.
Music was always his companion throughout these life transitions. Jay married the sister of the drummer of his rock band 29 years ago, so the guitar was instrumental (get it?) making that connection as well. In fact, he performed in the New York City area in rock bands for five years with success.
Now retired in Ocala several years ago, music connects Jay to different times, places, and cultures. Truly, teaching enables him to help students achieve their musical dreams.

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Marilyn Bettinger

In this “Tapestry of Life” series, Phyllis Silverman will have a conversation with Marilyn Bettinger. Marilyn will discuss her adventure performing in show business and an inside look in the entertainment field.

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Phyllis Silverman

In this episode, the Founder and President of the Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala, Phyllis Silverman, will explain what the Tapestry of Life series is and the impact it will have for not only seniors, but for everyone.

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Barbara Silagai

In this “Tapestry of Life” show, Phyllis Silverman will interview Barbara Silagi, a 91-year-old former aviatrix. Ms. Silagi is a graduate of Northwestern University, did post graduate studies in Illinois and worked as an educator. She also worked as a pilot, “flying mainly cargo,” in the Willow Run/Detroit area. She said she currently works as the bookkeeper at the Lake In the Forest RV Park and runs her own business, Diamond Design Services.

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Cindy Gaffin

In our next “Tapestry of Life” series, Phyllis Silverman will interview Cindy Gaffin, a board member of the Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala and heads up the Friend Visitor Program. Cindy will discuss her experience serving in the Navy.

Ms. Gaffin has spent four years on active-duty service with the United States Navy Medical Corp. Her training involved a lot of counseling and evaluation of many forms of social and psychiatric conditions. Though Ms. Gaffin had not planned to work in his practice for the long term, they soon realized that their individual strengths balanced so well that she remained in the practice as Office Manager for thirty years.