June Simpson was the founder and President of Health Advocates, Inc. from 1993 to 2006, during which time she represented thousands of Social Security Claimants in their disability claims, presenting their cases to the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearings and Appeals and the Appeals Council. In 2001, June expanded the business to include Medicare Set-Aside allocations and submissions in Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury claims, working with numerous insurance companies and attorneys nationwide. She sold her business and retired from the Medicare Set-Aside arena in 2006.
June has always loved orchids and has grown them as a hobby in her backyard greenhouse for almost 30 years. In early 2009, she expanded her hobby and began construction on what is now June’s Orchid Estate in Thonotosassa (East Tampa), Florida. In March, 2010, the 20,088 square foot facility was opened specializing in lady slippers, cattleyas and other genera and including a 1,500 square foot showroom that houses an “Orchid Tree” hosting over 400 mounted species. Also on the estate is a state-of-the-art climate-controlled cool house to grow cool-growing miniatures and phragmapediums.
June is involved in fundraising as a representative for the Botanical Gardens of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society since 2009 and is a member of the International Slipper Alliance with a passion for conservation and the rehabilitation of endangered orchid species. She has also been actively involved in the development of the new AQplus award system application to promote education for the AOS and has provided continuing support to the AOS in the way of employee time and computer system updating.