Cast of Characters in the Schiavo Case
Follow the trail of money...
(Note: Compiled with help from Myopic Zeal blog. (http://myopiczeal.blogsome.com/2005/03/25/cast-of-characters-in-the-schiavo-case/)
Disclaimer: This compilation is not intended to imply anything. It is an effort to compile a cast of characters as might be related to the Terri Schiavo case and their relationships as well as events possibly related to the cast. While deemed to be reliable to the best of our knowledge, as with any legal proceeding all information below should be double checked and verified.
* Michael Schiavo:
Husband of Terri Schiavo and a Florida registered respiratory therapist and registerd nurse
Living with another woman (Jodi Centonze) who is not his wife and has two children by this woman.
Hired by Sheriff Everett Rice to work in the Inmates Medical Care Division of the Pinellas County Jail around October 11th, 2004
Listed as a director, Jerger & Centonze Insurance Agency, Inc., 2002; an inactive corp. (2807 Marrie Ct., Clearwater, FL).
* Jodi Centonze:
Girlfriend (sometimes called fiancee) of Michael Schiavo and mother of his two children.
Owns the address which is registered as the address of Jerger & Centonze Insurance Agency, Inc.
Mother is Eleanor Centonze
* Eleanor Centonze:
Mother of Michael Schiavo’s girlfriend.
Employed under Rice in the civil division of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Dept. from 1979 until 1999.
Died in 2004
* John Centonze:
Brother of Michael Schiavo’s girlfriend.
He has done some media announcements about Terri’s condition for Michael Schiavo.
* Trudy Capone:
Former girlfriend of Michael Schiavo although claims they were not romantically involved.
Indicates Michael had no idea what Terri wanted regarding a situation of incapacity.
Her affidavit is found here and is very compelling.
* Cindy Shook Brashers:
Former girlfriend of Michael Schiavo.
* Referenced in Trudy Capone’s affidavit
* Indicated Michael Schiavo said he had no idea what Terri would have wanted if in an incapacitated condition.
* Indicated she was very afraid of Michael Schiavo.
* The key portion of her deposition is here
* George J. Felos:
Lawyer, hired by Michael Schiavo to be his attorney in mid-1997.
Felos & Felos, 595 Main St., Dunedin, FL 34698. Fax (727) 736-1402
Lives at 2210 Harbor View Dr., Dunedin, FL 34698-2526. Tel: (727) 736-1515
Felos is a euthanasia advocate and prominent right-to-die attorney.
Past Chairman of Board of Directors for The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Held board position from at least Feb. 13, 1997 to roughtly April 26, 2001
Graduated from BU School of Law
Author, "Litigation as Spiritual Practice" (Blue Dolphin Publishing, 2002) and creator of the Continuing Education Course (and article by the same name) called Meditation for Lawyers.
* The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, Inc:
Located at 300 E. Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770.
Assets approximately $25.5 million, revenues approx. $8 million, expenses approx. $6 million.
Files as a 501(c)(03) tax exempt organization.
Website: www.thehospice.org (based on the treatment Terri Schiavo has received under the care of this hospice organization, caution and reasonable skepticism are advised when reading this site.)
Operates Woodside Hospice where Terri Schiavo was moved by Michael Schiavo and George Felos without authorization
According to the Hospice: "Woodside, a community-supported hospice house, provides around-the-clock care in a home-like setting for patients who are unable to remain in other living arrangements. Hospice Villas Woodside permit patients and families independent living with professional help close at hand."
Re: nursing homes: "The Hospice works in partnership with local nursing homes to meet the needs of residents nearing the end of life."
Subject of two lawsuits regarding breach of confidentiality
* Mary Labyak:
Executive Director and President, The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast which oversees Woodside Hospice.
Current board member of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.
Board member of Partnership for Caring (a direct offspring of the Euthanasia Society of America).
Board member of National Hospice Foundation
National Director and Treasurer of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
* Dr. Ronald Cranford, M.D.:
Cranford is a renowned euthanasia advocate
Authored a section in "Intended Death: The Ethics of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia". His section addresses the issue of "the physician’s role in killing and the intentional withdrawal of treatment." (WND article)
* Gus Michael Bilirakis:
Florida State Representative, 1998-2000 and 2001-2003.
Board member of The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.
Co-sponsor of Florida Bill HB 2131
Note: Section 765.101 of this bill added the following language, "(10) ‘Life-prolonging procedure’ means any medical procedure, treatment, or intervention, including artificially provided sustenance and hydration, (meaning food and water…ed.) which sustains, restores, or supplants a spontaneous vital function." (12) "Persistent vegetative state" means a permanent and irreversible condition of unconsciousness in which there is:
(a) The absence of voluntary action or cognitive behavior of any kind.
(b) An inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment.
Member of Elder Care and Long Term Care committee in House, the committee that introduced HB 2131.
Was a campaign contributor
* Barbara Sheen Todd:
Pinellas County commissioner during time Judge George Greer was a commissioner in Pinellas County.
Board member of The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.
* Judge John C. Lenderman:
Florida Circuit Court Judge. (Pinellas County Judicial Bldg., St. Petersburg, Fl 33701)
Brother of Martha Lenderman.
Appointed judge by Governor in 1992, reelected unopposed to present.
Hospice of the Florida Suncoast Advisory Board member, 2000
One of four family certified judges in Florida.
Outstanding Service Award in Educating the Public and Restoring Public Trust and Confidence in the legal System, Florida Bar, 2002.
Jurist of the Year, 1997, awarded by the American Academy of MatrimonialFlorida Chapter.
* Martha Lenderman:
Board member of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast since 1996.
Past chairman of the board of the Hospice.
Board of directors of the U. of South Florida Collaborative for Children, Families, and Communities.
Principal, Lenderman & Associates.
Lost in a bid for State Representative (Dem.) in 1998.
Former state child welfare administrator.
Board member, 2005, Area Agency on Aging, Pasco & Pinellas counties, Pres. 2003.
Consultant to the Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) at least during 2001.
Dept. of Health & Rehabilitative Services (HRS) program supervisor, at least during 1989.
Was called to testify as a health and human services consultant by the attorney general’s office in 2005 in Holli Bodner hearing on suspension of Bodner’s psychiatrist license. Lenderman testified on behalf of Bodner.
Lenderman & Associates provided services to Pinellas County commissioners regarding Mental Health and Substance Abuse funding in 1999 and 2000.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Jonathan Alpert:
Suing the Hospice of Florida Suncoast for patient brokering.
US Dept. of HHS is currently trying to collect $14.8 million from Suncoast Hospice owed to HHS since 1997.
* Carla Sauer Iyer:
R.N. employed at Palm Gardens of Largo Convalescent Center from April of 1995 to July 1996 while Terri Schiavo was a patient there.
Duties included floor nurse supervisor.
Carla’s affidavit is found here
* Carolyn Adams:
Known as "Andy" Adams, LPN at Palm Garden Convalescent Center.
Had disproportionate number of patients die on her shift according to affidavit of Carla Iyer.
Was very friendly with Michael Schiavo when working at Palm Garden.
* Heidi Law:
Certified Nurse Assitant
Worked at Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center from March, 1997 to mid-summer 1997.
Took care of Terri Schiavo.
Testified orders for rehabilitation were given for Terri Schiavo but that Michael stopped them.
Her affidavit is here: http://www.terrisfight.net/documents/hlawaffidavit.htm
* C. Johnson:
LPN at Sabal Gardens nursing home, Largo, FL.
Took care of Terri Schiavo.
Affidavit indicates Michael Schiavo went against doctor’s orders and refused to allow any rehabilitation for Terri.
Affidavit is found here
* Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center:
10500 Starkey Rd., Largo, Florida 33777. (727) 397-8166
Terri Schiavo was a resident there until March 2000.
Part of a chain owned by Florida Convalescent Centers, Inc., 2033 Main St., Suite 300, Sarasota, FL 34237
* Everett Rice:
Former Pinellas County Sheriff, 1988-2004
Became Florida State Representative, District 54 in Nov. 2004
Endorsed Judge George Greer for reelection in campaign ads.
Former board member The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast
* Hired Michael Schiavo while Schiavo’s guardianship proceedings were in the courtroom of his long time friend Judge George Greer.
* Judge George W. Greer:
Sixth Circuit Court Judge for Pinellas County, elected unopposed in 1992.
Circuit Court, Pinellas County, Probate Division, 315 Court St., Room 484, Clearwater, FL 33756 Fax (727) 464-5471
Friend of Everett Rice, former sheriff of Pinellas County, FL
Former Commissioner of Pinellas County, 1984-1992
Became Terri Schiavo’s caretaker and fact finder under Florida law (meaning advocate and judge). This would appear to be a conflict.
Judge Greer’s bio is curiously missing from those listed on the sixth circuit website, www.jud6.org.
* Patricia Anderson:
Attorney for the Schindlers.
Filed affidavit saying that [Everett] Rice had told her that he and [Judge George] Greer had discussed
* Jackie Rhodes:
Close friend of Terri Schiavo.
Testified at trial on January 6, 2000
A portion of that testimony is found here
* Dr. Victor Gambone, MD, CMD:
Terri Schiavo’s attending physician from 1998-2003.
His name appeared on a paper stating Terri was PVS (permanent vegetative state) but it was never signed by him. This was apparently a fraudulent document.
During a 2002 medical evidentiary hearing, Dr. Victor Gambone testified that he certified Terri as terminally ill so that she could be placed in Woodside Hospice. When questioned under oath why, he said it was because Michael told him to do so. (journals.aol.com/justice1949/JUSTICEFORTERRISCHIAVO/entries/333)
However, it states on the certificate that it is a verbal certification, no signature. This would explain comment above. Must be signed to be valid.
Testified before Judge Greer that Terri Schiavo was not PVS and was aware of her surroundings.
Greer had asked Gambone to do an evaluation, but rejected his findings.
Gambone reportedly worked for George Felos at Woodside Hospice.
Current president, Florida Medical Directors Association.
* Bernie McCabe:
Elected State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District in 1992. Office in Clearwater, FL. Covers Pinellas County.
This is the same district as Judge Greer.
Responsibilities include investigating abuse charges.
Refused to investigate various potential felony charges against Michael Schiavo in 2003 under statute 825.103.
Has repeatedly refused to intervene in the allegations of the abuse of Terri Schiavo.
McCabe has allegedly been involved in numerous ‘refuse to investigate’ cases. See Mel Sembler.
* Dr. Michael Baden:
New York forensic pathologist.
Former chief medical examiner for the City of New York
Co-director of the Medicolegal Investigation Unit of the New York State Police
Reversed his view of Terri Schiavo’s condition after examining her bone scans. Those injuries could have happened, Baden continued, from "some kind of trauma. The trauma could be from an auto accident, the trauma could be from a fall, or the trauma could be from some kind of beating that she obtained from somebody somewhere. It’s something that should have been investigated in 1991 . . . and maybe [it was] by police at that time." (Emphasis added). Source, The Village Voice, Nov. 14, 2003 http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0347,hentoff,48738,6.html .
* Dr. William Campbell Walker:
Doctor who did the original bone scan and the evaluation completed on Mar.5, 1991.
Walker wrote, "This patient has a history of trauma. The presumption is that the other areas of trauma also relate to previous trauma."
Walker’s deposition is here…http://www.hospicepatients.org/dr-walker-t-schiavo-bone-scan-deposition.txt
Walker indicates in his deposition that trauma injuries had occurred.
* Dr. Joel S. Prawer:
The doctor Michael Schiavo sued.
The doctor was exonerated of wrong doing but settled at the insistence of his insurance company.
* Mitchell Turner:
A Florida Dept. of Children and Families investigator.
Reported alleged felony abuse, neglect, and exploitation of Terri Schiavo. This report was the conclusion of a 60 Day investigation in Nov. and Dec. 2001.
The report was suppressed by the Department’s legal division.
* Dr. Stanton Tripodis:
Enlisted by Michael Schiavo to provide services for Terri.
Has five previous malpractice suits against him.
Case no. 97007946C1 filed 11-25-97
Case no. 94003739C1 filed 6-27-94
Case no. 95000873C1 filed 2-14-95
Case no. 96001434C1 filed 3-6-96
Case no. 98002289C1 filed 4-7-98
* Jerger & Centonze Insurance Agency, Inc.:
2807 Marrie Ct., Clearwater, FL
Agency possibly purchased as part of The Jerger Co., Inc., Pinellas Park, FL by Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corp. for $40 million, 1999.
Michael R. Schiavo listed as a director in 2002, with same address as above.
Corp. listed as inactive.
This address is listed as owned by Jodi A. Centonze in Pinellas County appraisers records.
Note: Richard M. Jerger, Jr., stockholder in Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corp, sold 2902 shares of stock in July,2001 for $102,933… put this in the ‘for what it’s worth’ department.
* Senator Jim King:
Originally upheld the passage of "Terri’s Law." (S 12 E)
Board member of Woodside Hospice
Received campaign contributions from Richard M. Jerger, Jr., of Jerger & Centonze Insurance. (Mr. Jerger lived in a different district).
Called his support of Terri’s Law "The Terri Schiavo vote that I made was probably one of the worst votes that I’ve ever done"
* Bishop Robert N. Lynch:
Terri’s Catholic bishop.
According to the Catholic Advocate and others, The legal counsel for both the St. Petersburg and Venice Diocese is "DiVito and Higham". Allegedly, Joseph DiVito is a personal friend of Bishop Lynch. The law firm contributed $500 to the re-election campaign of Judge Greer.
Issued a statement criticized by other Catholic organizations.
* Justice Stanley Birch:
Delivered statement from final rejection in Terri Schiavo case (accused legislative and executive branches of abusing constitutional authority).
11th Circuit Court of Appeals:
Address: 56 Forsyth Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Phone: (404) 335-6100