Jemith Rosa, MPA is the President and CEO for Community Aging & Retirement Services, Inc. dba CARES. She joined CARES in 2015, bringing with her 27 years of experience in the non-profit field.  As the President and Chief Executive Officer, Jemith is responsible for the daily operation and overall planning of local, State, and Federal Programs and management of a multi-program non-profit agency with 125 employees and a $6M annual budget.  She has over 30 years of professional experience in supervision, setting and implementing goals and objectives, budgeting, initiating contracts, and overseeing contractors to ensure service provision quality.

In addition, Jemith is a certified instructor for dual language professional studies.  Instructor of Master in Public Administration courses including Strategic Management, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship, Research Methods in Government and Legislative Affairs, and Development of Proposals.  In January 2018, Jemith also earned a certification as an Adult Day Care Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Trainer from the University of South Florida and the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.  In 2013, Jemith earned her accreditation from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the University of South Florida as an Administrator of an Assisted Living Facility.  Furthermore, Jemith has also completed over 200 hours of continuing professional education credits for the past five years from the Center for Professional Development at the Florida State University – Elder Leadership Institute and the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Jemith has served on several committees for the Florida Association of Service Providers (FASP), the Florida Council on Aging (FCOA), Pasco Aging Network (PAN), Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (FAFCC), Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and several civic and community groups including the Rotary Club.

Jemith earned her undergraduate degree in Management and International Business from Turabo University and her Master of Public Administration from East University. She currently resides in Hudson, Florida, with her husband.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Mike Neumann, CMA, MBA comes to CARES with 23 years of nonprofit charity experience. This experience includes the industries of healthcare and human services.  He has extensive experience with federal and state grants and contract funding. Mike has extensive experience with international, multi-state, and multi-location companies.  His background includes 26 years in healthcare which includes med-surg, behavioral health, and addiction treatment.  For 12 years as CFO with Windmoor Healthcare UHS, he was also a Group CFO for 5 other hospitals in the state of Florida. Neumann has significant experience in growing a company’s size, volume, services, and value. He has a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification.  His 7 years of academics include a BSBA in Accounting from The Ohio State University, an MBA with cum laude honors from Tampa College, he has also taken 1 year of additional studies in advanced Accounting courses.

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Gail Holton comes with 27 years in aging services; her background includes leadership positions in Hospitals, Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Adult Day Services. Having spent 15 years with the Area Agency on Aging for SWFL, she has extensive knowledge of the programs and services offered throughout the Department of Elder Affairs and the Florida aging network.

Home Health Administrator

Stephen Cardona, MBA comes with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, beginning within United States Army. During his 20 year stint with the U.S. Army, Stephen was awarded the Combat Medic Badge for taking action while under enemy fire, the coveted Basic Parachuter’s Badge (airborne), Bronze Star Medal for his tour in Afghanistan for actions against the Enemy. Currently, Cardona has a degree in Organizational Development, a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Director of Administrative Services

Melissa Mathe, MPA is a recent graduate of Barry University. Mathe pursued a Master’s in Public Administration, specializing in nonprofit administration. During her time at Barry, she focused her work on public service issues, utilizing advocacy, and capacity building. Mathe is passionate about fundraising, community partnerships, and effective administrative decision-making. Overall, she enjoys planning for change and the various means of production within the public sector.