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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. A group of medical professionals and human services leaders, concerned about the unmet needs of families dealing with the disease, held an informational session about Alzheimer's disease. They expected 50 people to attend. More than 200 packed the room. A local organization formed and began offering support groups, educational programs and a telephone information line soon thereafter, and in 1983 was adopted 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 Chapter 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

Melanie Beacham, MSW
Associate Program Director

Christine Benn
Constituent Services Coordinator

Kristen Campbell, LMSW
Director, Programs and Services

Elizabeth Gerace, MSW
Associate Program Director

Whitney Hadley, MA, LMSW
Associate Program Director

Katrina Kapustay
Associate Program Director

Danielle Mensing
Events Manager

Stephanie Neuman
Events Director

Sarah Parton
Events Manager

Jennifer Winsor
Constituent Services Coordinator

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Board of Directors (Fiscal Year 2015-16)

Robin Bennett, RN, MSN
Cynthia Nigolian, MS, RN, GCNS-BC
Vice President
Karl Jacob, CPA/PFS, CFP, CDA
Dr. Christina Hasemann, Ph.D., RD, L/CDN
Michele Gagne, MBA
Thomas J. Grooms, J.D.
Keith B. Rung, CPA

Jean M. Carnese, CMPE
Santo Colabufo
Kathleen Hughes
Kenneth Jardin
Sandy Jurkiewicz
Mary Koenig, MSW
Ami S. Longstreet, Esq.
Dorollo Nixon, Jr., J.D.

Board members may be reached by e-mail at cny-info@alz.org.

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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.