The Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter
The mission of the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate the incurability of Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, and to enhance the care and support for individuals, their families, and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's disease. Our vision is to create a world where Alzheimer's disease becomes curable and preventable while we continue to optimize the quality of life for those affected with the disease, as well as their loved ones and families.
According to the 2014 Alzheimer's Facts and Figures report, there are more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease. Every 67 seconds, someone in America develops the disease. Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. In Virginia there are 130,000 people living with Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 190,000 by 2025. Over 42,000 people suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia in the Central and Western Virginia Chapter area.
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We are here to help the people in our chapter area who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias, as well as their caregivers and families. This assistance comes in the form of a toll-free HelpLine, support groups and care consultation in each region, lending libraries, Medic Alert + Safe Return, an annual education conference as well as many other programs and services.
Our chapter is comprised of five regions serving 52 counties and cities. Our offices are in Charlottesville, Danville, Lynchburg and Roanoke.
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.
A world without Alzheimer's disease.
The Central and Western Virginia 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 76% of all funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.
We are in compliance with nonprofit industry standards and recommended guidelines, including those of the Better business Bureau, Independent Sector, and National Health Council.
View the Strategic Plan for the Central and Western Virginia Chapter here.
E. Ray Dinstel - Chairman
Carol A. Manning, PhD - Vice Chairman
Susan B. Friedman - President & CEO
Jennifer B. Feist - Treasurer
Monique M. Sholes, MA, LNHA- Secretary
Brian B. Phelps - Past Chair
Ron Feinman, Esquire - Past Chair
Vincent Cibbarelli, Ph.D.
Barry N. Moore, Ph.D
Jeffrey D. Ulmer, CPA
William L. Howard, CCIM: Emeritus
|President & CEO|
|Vice President-Programs & Services||Ellen Phipps|
|Family Services Director||Annette Clark|
|Family Services Director|
|Creative Arts Director||Sharon Celsor - Hughes|
|State Public Policy Director||Carter Harrison|
|IT Consultant||Joanne Rogol|
|Danville and Lynchburg Office
|Harrisonburg Office||Ellen Phipps|
Family Service Director
|Development Manager||Suzanne Cresswell|
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With its merger in November 2001, the Central and Western Virginia chapter supported the realignment objective of the National Strategic Plan to create one seamless organization that is more effective and provides higher quality programs with more consistent delivery of services and the capacity to reach more people.
The merger formed a strategic alliance between the Piedmont Valley Area Chapter (Charlottesville and Harrisonburg), the Central Virginia/Lynchburg Chapter and the Blue Ridge Chapter (Roanoke). Under the umbrella of the Central and Western Virginia Chapter are five regional offices located in Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and Roanoke.
In 1983, a small group organized to help a decidedly underserved population: Alzheimer's caregivers and their loved ones. With help from the National Alzheimer's Association, only three years old, the president, Joan Thomasson and a six-member board determined their vision of the group. Later the same year, the local group affiliated with the national association and became the Charlottesville-Piedmont Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association. By-laws were written and articles of incorporation approved.
On January 1, 2001, the Charlottesville-Piedmont Chapter and the Shenandoah Valley Chapter became the Piedmont-Valley Area Chapter. In 2001, both the Shenandoah Valley Chapter (Harrisonburg) and the Central Virginia Lynchburg Chapter and the Blue Ridge Chapter (Roanoke) became part of the Central and Western Virginia Chapter.