Study Coordinators

Noheli Bedenfield, MHA

  • Multi-Stakeholder Engagement for Interdisciplinary Telehealth in Lewy Body Dementia
  • Life Space Mobility in Lewy Body Dementia
Noheli Bedenfield

Noheli (No-el-ee) Bedenfield, MHA is a Research Coordinator and LBD Support Group Facilitator. She primarily supports Dr. Melissa Armstrong and LBD-related initiatives and research. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters in Health Administration in 2018 and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2016. Her current responsibilities include development and coordination of unfunded and funded research studies, facilitating a monthly support group and connecting patients and families to community and state-wide resources.

Noheli, raised in citrus filled central Florida, has been part of the Gainesville community for the past decade and is passionate about supporting people when they need it most. From her time with the Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, she has developed her knowledge of LBD through communicating with the people living with LBD, their families and care partners/caregivers and LBD specialists.  Her hope is to connect the LBD community with helpful supports and services while contributing to innovative research happening at the Fixel Institute. In her spare time Noheli loves to express her creativity through art and music. She also enjoys adventuring through nature with her husband and two dogs. Noheli is intentional in creating meaningful relationships with people who have LBD and their families. She hopes to connect with you soon.

Hannah Fechtel, BA, BPH


Hannah is the research coordinator for the PACE-DLB study. She came to the Fixel Institute from the University of Florida Department of Epidemiology where she coordinated a statewide medical marijuana survey study. Prior to working for UF, she completed her undergraduate degrees in public health and statistics, and is currently working on a Master of Public Health. Hannah is a 4th generation Floridian and has enjoyed calling Gainesville “home” for six years. She is grateful to be a part of the value-driven LBD Life Lab team and has enjoyed building relationships with the patient and caregiver dyads in PACE-DLB.

Derek Ridgeway, BS

  • 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Derek Ridgeway

Derek received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2012. His career in research began as a neuropsychological technician with the Clinical Psychology Associates of North Central Florida. He then transitioned into a role as a psychometrist with the University of Florida Department of Clinical & Health Psychology. Derek currently serves as one of two research coordinators for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). He also serves as the psychometrist for this study in addition to his coordinator responsibilities.

Stacey White, MS

  • 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Stacey is a research coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).  She received a Master of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Concordia University. Prior to working for the University of Florida Department of Neurology, Stacey spent 15 years working in the areas of dysphagia and cognitive disorders within the acute care hospital setting.  She has presented at several national and international conferences on the subjects. Stacey enjoys being part of the ADRC team and is excited to continue working with those involved in the study.