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The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter provides support and resources to individuals suffering from memory loss, and their families, in a five-county region of northeast Ohio including Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain counties. Nearly all services are provided free of charge. The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The disease currently affects more than five million American adults and is the 6th leading cause of death in the country. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the US that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed down.

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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Financial information

The Cleveland Area 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. The chapter uses 77% of funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.

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Board of Directors – Cleveland Area Chapter

Board of Directors
Ronald C. Stansbury, Chair
Robert L. Bazzarelli, CPA
Antony Bonavita
Robert M. Burak
Bonnie N. Dick
Keith A. Feicks
Jon E. Fowler
David J. Gordon
Russell Grindon, CPA
Betsy Johnson
Martha J. Lanning
Leslie Levine
Cynthia Moore-Hardy, FACHE
Matthew J. Morelli
Danielle M. Morris
Steven G. Osgood
Patrick G. Paoletta
Kim M. Pesses
Esther Potash
Mark A. Quarm, CPA
Lauren B. Rock
Mary Ann H. Shamis
Richard L. Stager
Cynthia D. Tomasch

Christine Fears Branche, Emeritus
Bonnie H. Marcus, Emeritus
Christine F. Nelson, Ex Officio

Professional Advisory Board
Christine F. Nelson, APRN, Chair
Brian S. Appleby, MD
Jalayne J. Arias
David M. Bass, PhD
Stephen A. Baum, MD
James W. Campbell, MD
Peter A. DeGolia, MD, CMD
David Fox, MD
Deborah J. Gould, MD
Gary Landreth, PhD
Alan J. Lerner, MD
James B. Leverenz, MD
Sanjay W. Pimplikar, PhD
Gemma Casadesus Smith, PhD
Lori Stevic-Rust, PhD
Babak Tousi, MD, CMD, FACP
Matthew S. Wayne, MD

Staff Roster

Administration Department
Nancy B. Udelson, President and CEO
Melissa Fitzgerald, Communications Manager
Maryann Koney, Accountant II
Dawn LoConti, Accounting & Development Assistant
Kelly Millet, Communications Manager
Vicki Winner, Senior Administrative Assistant

Development Department
Melissa Zapanta Shelton, Vice President
Eleanor Abram, Development Manager
Seana Dailey, Donor and Events Coordinator
Gina Flower, Corporate Relations Manager
Katie Mang, Signature Events Manager
Kayte Tuleta, Signature Events Coordinator

Program & Services Department
Cheryl Kanetsky, LSW, MBA, Vice President
Carol Amato, Physician Support Specialist
Steffani Baker, M.Ed, CHES, Education & Outreach Specialist
Natalie M. Besser, LSW, Dementia Care Coach & Support Group Specialist
Lauren Brasse, LISW-S, MSSA, Support Services Coordinator
Janie Chambers, Program Assistant
Cynthia Davenport, M.Ed, Education & Outreach Specialist
Mary Ertle, Helpline Specialist
Cathy Franz, LSW, Dementia Care Coach
Stacey Heffernan, Education & Outreach Coordinator
Jaime Inks, CTRS, CDP, Education & Outreach Specialist
Mónica A. Olivera, Hispanic Services Specialist, Care Consultant
Jeff Reech, LMFT,LPC, Care Consultation Coordinator & Dementia Care Coach
Laurie Scharf, MPA, LSW, Dementia Care Coach & Support Group Specialist
Marcy Seidel, Volunteer Coordinator
Sarah Sobel, MNO, Advocacy and Government Affairs Coordinator
Candy Thomas, MSSA, LSW, Dementia Care Coach & Support Group Specialist
Taylor Young, LSW, MSSA, Early-Stage Specialist
Mary Ann Walker, Support Group Specialist
Rebecca Zeiter, MSSA, LSW, Helpline Coordinator

Information Technology
Thomas Prevett, Vice President

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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.