Advisers – Our Business Mentors

Meet Our ALF Consulting Business Advisers

What do a CPA, a lawyer, an RN, a psychiatrist and a general contractor have in common? They all are advisers to West Central Solutions, Inc.

As we provide consulting and project management to our ALF clients, our Advisers provide us with the benefit of their experiences, education, intellectual and moral support.

“…surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”

John Wooden

This collaboration results in better business performance for our ALF clients and great homes for Seniors.

Advisors Group Assisted Living Consultants

Back row name and expertise: Dale Marie Merrill, Legal; John Comer, Accounting; Mike Orlito, Small Business Consultant; Susan Hnat, representing families of seniors; Lynne West, Hospice Care; Jeanne Green, Chamber Ambassador; Dr. Parmanand Gurnani, Senior Mental Health; Michael Wilburn, Construction.

Front row: Yolanda Lusher, Former Senior Housing Consultant; Theressa Foster, President/Owner; Susan Straley, Assistant to the President.

Not shown but also Advisers are: Greg Kell, Spiritual; Dean Dickmann, Business.

We all need people who will give us feedback.  That’s how we improve.

Bill Gates

We are grateful…

The Advisers are professionals and retired professionals whom we can turn to for expertise, guidance and advice. They form a base on which we can achieve better services to West Central Solutions Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Owners and Administrators.

Our President, Theressa Foster, carefully chose the team for their experience, integrity, and willingness to share their expertise.

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”

Oprah Winfrey



Dale Marie Merrill

Dale Marie Merrill Legal ALF Advisor crp

Dale Marie Merrill, has been an attorney since 1998 and is licensed to practice law in Florida and Massachusetts.  She is the owner of the Law Office of Dale Marie Merrill.

Her experience includes criminal law, appeals and business law.


  • J.D. degree from Suffolk Law School;
  • B.A. in English from U. Mass. at Lowell;
  • M.A. in English/American Studies from Boston College;
  • C.S.S. in Management from Harvard;  and
  • M.B.A. from Boston College in Marketing, Strategy and Operations.

Prior to opening her own law practice, Attorney Merrill was in-house counsel at GTE Internetworking (BBN, Inc.). There she was responsible for contracts with customers, vendors, distributors and all third-parties.

Before her career as an attorney, she was worked in the software industry for over twenty years in areas of sales, marketing and management, where she was responsible for the sales and marketing of database tools and consulting to numerous Fortune 500 companies both domestically and in Europe, Canada and Central America. She also spent some time as instructor in the areas of English, American Studies and Business at the Univ. of Massachusetts.

Theressa Foster-Dale Merrill-ALF-Consulting

Theressa Foster presented Dale Merrill with a West Central Solutions’ official Adviser Certificate in June 2015.

Dr.Parmanand Gurnani

Dr Parmanand Gurnani Senior Health sq-crp

Dr.Parmanand Gurnani is a doctor of Neurology (brain, nervous system), Psychiatry practicing in Inverness, FL. He has been helping patients for over 33 years with issues relating to psychological health.


  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depressive Disorder
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Epilepsy
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Dr Gurnani Psychiatrist does ALF visits.

Theressa Foster presented Dr. Gurnani with a West Central Solutions’ official Adviser Certificate in June 2015.

Lynne West

Lynne West - Senior Continuity of Care Advisor

Lynne West is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years of acute care clinical experience. Her strengths include:

  • Nursing Clinical Excellence
  • Marketing initiatives
  • Vendor Management and Relationship
  • Clinical Application evaluation and collaboration
  • Operational improvements


  • Clinical IT Applications
  • Physician Relationship Development
  • IT Training
  • Emergency Department Nursing
  • EMR integration
  • Financial analysis
  • Revenue review
  • Forensic review

Theressa and Lynne West continuity-of-care

Theressa Foster presented Lynne West with a West Central Solutions’ official Adviser Certificate in June 2015.

Michael D. Wilburn

Michael Wilburn ALF Construction crp

Michael D. Wilburn is a co-owner of Wilburn Construction, Inc. in Inverness, Florida. Wilburn Construction has designed, developed, and built dozens of church ministry facilities in central Florida.


  • B.S. Civil Engineering
  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Master of Arts in Religious Education
  • Master of Divinity in Professional Ministries
  • Th.M. in Christian Education Spring 2015

Professional Engineer P.E. # 76061

Certified Building Contractor CBC1253391

Theressa and Michael Wilburn

Theressa Foster presented Michael Wilburn with a West Central Solutions’ official Adviser Certificate in June 2015.

Susan Hnat

  Sue Hnat Family and Care-taker Advisor

Susan Hnat is a community volunteer and retired Accounting Clerk with twelve years of management experience including selection, training, and supervision.

Skills include:

  • Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation
  • Preparation of Budgets and Financial Reports
  • Development of operating budgets
  • Cash Flow Projections

Community Service

  • Served as Treasurer and Secretary for the Woman’s Club of Inverness.
  • Named “Club Woman of the Year” 2008

Theressa and Sue Hnat

Theressa Foster presented Susan Hnat with a West Central Solutions’ official Adviser Certificate in June 2015.

Dean Dickman

Dean Dickman-senior-care-adviser

Dean Dickman is a senior executive with more than three decades of experience in all venues of senior living and hospitality. He has demonstrated highly successful outcomes in strategic planning, marketing, profitability and operational excellence.

Mr. Dickmann is recognized as a leader who establishes and drives the optimal balance between excellence, growth and fiscal stewardship.

Greg Kell

 greg kell-spiritual-guide

 Greg Kell is the Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness, FL.

He serves the community:

  • As a board member of the Citrus Abuse Shelter Association (CASA);
  • As member of the CEO Roundtable of Citrus County Community Alliance;
  • As a member of the HCA Advisory Board at Citrus Memorial Hospital; and
  • As a member of the Florida Baptist Convention State Board of Missions.

Mr. Kell provides spiritual guidance.


Other Experts Who Unofficially Advise

 Mike Orlitto

Mike Orlito Small woman-owned Business Advisor-crp

Mike Orlitto, is a Business Consultant with the SBDC, helps guide businesses with Business and Strategic Planning, Cash flow Management, Financial and Capital Access, Internet Strategies, Market and Sales Growth, Start-up, Web Marketing Strategy

Education: B.S.

Experience: Over 25 Years as a Business Owner

Paul V. Mellini

Paul Melleni

Paul V. Mellini brings to West Central Solutions the view of a banker with an eye on financial strength and good fiscal leadership. Paul is President at Nature Coast Bank.


Extending our Reach and Expertise…

Jeanne Green

Jeanne G. cropped - ALF Management Company FL

Jeanne Green is as an Ambassador for West Central Solutions. She is the Queen of Networking.


John Comer

John Price CPA for ALF Financials crp

John Comer, CPA with Price CPA provides accounting and bookkeeping oversight. He serves West Central Solutions and our Senior Housing Clients with bookkeeping and tax advice.


  • Masters of Science in Accountancy – University of Pheonix
  • Bachelors of Science in Business and Accounting – University of Pheonix