In March 2020 Kathleen Houseweart joined We Care Manatee as the new Executive Director. Kathleen has over 30 years of experience in the field of healthcare and human services. She has provided training and education in the field of aging at local, regional and national forums, and has worked with Area Agencies on Aging in three states. Kathleen was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Advisory Council where she served as Vice Chair. She continues to be active in advocacy for older adults.
Kathleen began her career in Massachusetts as a Case Manager for Chelsea Revere Winthrop Elder Services where she coordinated in-home care for older adults. After leaving Massachusetts, Kathleen worked at the Peninsula Agency on Aging in Newport News Virginia, where she worked on the development of the Virginia Uniform Assessment Instrument used for eligibility and needs assessment for a broad range of supportive services. After she moved to Florida, she served for 16 years as Manager of Geriatric Services at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. During her tenure, she managed geriatric programs, oversaw the development of a Long-Term Care Medical practice, directed a grant funded Memory Disorder Clinic, and served as clinical instructor for the Florida State School of Medicine Geriatrics Program. She also chaired both the statewide committee of Memory Disorder Clinics, and the Ethics Sub- Committee of the Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative Committee. After her retirement from SMH, she served as Director of the Lutheran Services Florida Sarasota Guardianship Program (now known as LSF Adult Advocacy Services), before taking time off to care for her aging father.
Originally from Massachusetts, Kathleen has a degree in Sociology from Holy Cross College in Worcester MA, and a master’s in business administration from St. Leo University in FL. She has 2 children who graduated from the Sarasota school system and remains passionate about health care access and promoting health care literacy for all.