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About us

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter is the only organization in our region dedicated to the elimination of Alzheimer's disease and the support of individuals who have been diagnosed with it. The Chapter was founded in August 1982, the result of a local community seeking more information about Alzheimer's disease. In 1983, it became affiliated by the national Alzheimer's Association.

The Central New York Chapter serves a 14-county region in Upstate New York that includes: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

Our mission
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Our vision
A world without Alzheimer's disease.

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Chapter Staff

Catherine James
Chief Executive Officer

Jared Paventi
Chief Communications Officer

Theresa Riley
Chief Financial Officer

Katrina Skeval, LMSW
Chief Program Officer

Toni Ann Walsh
Chief Strategy Officer

Grace Barney
Events Manager

Melanie Beacham, LMSW
Associate Program Director

Kristen Campbell, LMSW
Director of Programs and Services

Antonia Canuso-Reiner, MSW
Associate Care Manager

John Davis
Maintenance Coordinator

Lorena Fletcher
Associate Care Manager

Lilian Gotlieb, MSW
Associate Care Manager

Whitney Hadley, MA, LMSW
Associate Program Director

Martha Hutchinson
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Katrina Kapustay
Assistant Director, Caregiver Support

Alexandra Kraus, LMHC
Family Consultation Manager

Danielle Mensing
Development Director

Bridgette Nugent, MSW
Grants Program Manager

Stephanie Neuman
Events Director

Sarah Parton
Events Manager

Clara Robinson
Constituent Services Coordinator

John Stith
Constituent Services Coordinator

Carianne Wilson
Associate Care Manager

Jennifer Winsor
Constituent Services Coordinator

Casey Wolf, MSW
Associate Care Manager

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Advisory Board

Robin Bennett, RN, MSN


Jean M. Carnese, CMPE
Thomas J. Grooms, J.D.
Dr. Christina Hasemann, Ph.D., RD, L/CDN
Kathleen Hughes
Kenneth Jardin
Karl Jacob, CPA
Sandy Jurkiewicz
Mary Koenig, MSW
Ami S. Longstreet, Esq.
Cynthia Nigolian, MS, RN, GCNS-BC
Ellen Somers, LMHC

Advisory board members may be reached by e-mail at

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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.