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Instructors' Biographies

Sheriff Michael J. Chitwood

Michael Chitwood was born on November 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Michael earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Later he completed his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from NOVA Southeastern University in 2008.

Michael was elected as the Sheriff of Volusia County in August 2016, later sworn in on January 3, 2017. He has been the Police Chief of Daytona Beach Police Department as well as Shawnee, Oklahoma. He has also worked in the patrol, tactical, narcotics and detective division of the Philadelphia Police Department. Rising to the rank of Lieutenant, Michael was the recipient of 58 official commendations for valor, bravery, heroism and merit.

Gene Dolash

Gene Dolash has been the advanced planning counselor at the two Allen-Summerhill Funeral Homes in Orange City and Deland for the last five years. He has been helping many families over the years in setting in place their final preplanning wishes before an unexpected death would take place and create stress for the family. His goal is to make sure that their wishes for preplanning are met and that they and their families would have that “peace of mind” for whenever that day would come.

Joyce Parrillo, RN, CDE

Joyce Parrillo graduated from the Daytona State College RN program, received her BA in Psychology from UCF and has been practicing in diabetes education since 2000.

Scott A. Selis

Scott A. Selis is an Elder Care and Elder Law attorney. He is the founder of Selis Elder Law of Florida.

Scott’s practice focuses on making long-term care affordable for people that don’t have long-term care insurance, as well as, helping people create a disability & end-of-life plan that will ensure a smooth transition when they become disabled or die. Scott also handles Probate, Trust Administration and Guardianship.

Scott is one of two Elder Law Attorneys of the Year in 2016, which is an award presented by the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section. Scott also received a public service award from the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section in 2012.

Scott serves the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section in many roles. Currently, he serves as co-chair of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section’s Membership Committee and on the Legislative and Medicaid Committees.

Until reducing his duties to focus on his new law firm, Scott served on a statewide Task Force that advocates for the Elderly and Disabled, and he was Vice Chair of the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section, responsible for overseeing its Administrative Committees. Scott was Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee until June 2017.

Scott received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his J.D. from Stetson University's College of Law. Scott has been married to Kimberly since 1984, and they have had three children and one grandchild.

Corey Shenk

Corey Shenk, 45, is a lifelong Central Florida resident who has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years. As CEO of Aging Tree in Orange City, Shenk’s dedication to a healthy community is rooted in his early years as he witnessed the inadequate care his grandmother received as an Alzheimer’s patient. That experience, as well as caring for his beloved great-grandfather, led him to his calling of caring for the elderly.

In addition to Aging Tree Corey has owned and operated Vienna Medical, the area’s number one durable medical equipment company, Shenk also owned and operated Elder Assistance of America, a private, in-home care company. He is a past president of the West Volusia Ethics Coalition, past president of Florida Healthcare Foundation and after many years of faithful service to the local hospital and community, he was appointed to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees in 2012.

In March 2013, Shenk opened Aging Tree in Orange City to serve Volusia County, a one-stop senior care center for individuals looking for solutions to issues related to caring for their elderly family members.

Scott Spratt

Scott Spratt is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Melbourne, Florida.Spratt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from the University of Lowell (Massachusetts) and a Master of Science Degree in Meteorology from the University of Hawaii.

Spratt has been a meteorologist with the National Weather Service for over 25 years. He began his NWS career in Jackson, Mississippi then transferred to the Melbourne, Florida Forecast Office in 1993. In his role as Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Spratt is in charge of forecast and warning services for east-central Florida and is the primary liaison between the NWS and all partners and customers served by the Melbourne office.

He has earned several recognitions throughout his career including two U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medals for providing life-saving forecasts and warnings prior to and during the historic tornado and hurricane events and the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference Tropical Meteorology Award in 2016. He has published over 50 technical papers and has adapted research results to improve severe weather warning techniques. 

Amanda Vallone

Born in the small town of Dunkirk, New York, Amanda Vallone was happy when her parents moved her from the snow belt of upstate to the sunshine of Deltona, Florida. Amanda soon graduated High School and moved on to college where she attended Auburn University and earned her Bachelors in Apparel Design, followed by her Masters in Entrepreneurship in the Apparel Industry. During her master's program, Amanda and her husband George moved to a very rural village in India where Amanda worked with hand-loom weavers and tailors and George worked on solar energy.

Amanda also spent some time working in the fashion industry with a designer business, which showed at the Bryant Park Tents where she dabbled with all things from design to business management to marketing and trade shows.

From there her life and career moved to the sun and white sugar sand beaches of Pensacola, Florida where she worked in the bridal industry. Then in 2010, Amanda decided to move back home to DeLand when she and her business partners purchased Roseborough Travel Agency. Amanda has been dubbed the Roseborough Travel Cheerleader, tends to be a social butterfly, is out in the community working and networking with all the wonderful people in our area. And she has been the proud recipient of many awards for her community involvement including the 40 under 40, Women in Business, Exemplary Service Award, and has served on several committees and boards in our community.

To date, Amanda's favorite trip has been a trip to South Africa, Botswana, & Zimbabwe. And she often says, "Even though I once dreamed of being a famous designer like Versace or Vera Wang, I have truly found my passion in travel".