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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.

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.

Financial information

The Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. Copies of our most recent audited financial statements are available to view, by appointment, at our Syracuse office.

Chapter Staff

Catherine James
Chief Executive Officer

Candace Ovid
Chief Relationship 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
Constituent Services Coordinator

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

Elizabeth Gerace, MSW
Associate Program Director

Whitney Hadley, MA, LMSW
Associate Program Director

Barbara Johnson
Constituent Services Coordinator

Katrina Kapustay
Associate Program Director

Casey Mars, MSW
Associate Care Manager

Danielle Mensing
Events Manager

Stephanie Neuman
Events Director

Sarah Parton
Events Manager

Christina Reap, MSW
Associate Care Manager

Carianne Wilson
Associate Care Manager

Jennifer Winsor
Constituent Services Coordinator

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Board of Directors (Fiscal Year 2016-17)

Robin Bennett, RN, MSN
Cynthia Nigolian, MS, RN, GCNS-BC
Vice President
Dr. Christina Hasemann, Ph.D., RD, L/CDN
Thomas J. Grooms, J.D.

Jean M. Carnese, CMPE
Kathleen Hughes
Kenneth Jardin
Karl Jacob, CPA
Sandy Jurkiewicz
Mary Koenig, MSW
Ami S. Longstreet, Esq.

Board members may be reached by e-mail at

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Alzheimer's Association

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