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The Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Richmond Chapter

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 Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond 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.

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Annual report

Click here to view our 2013 Annual Report

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Strategic plan

Click here to view our 2012-2014 Strategic Plan.

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Board of Directors


Marie Kolendo
Genworth Financial

Vice President
Andrea Yoak

Gene W. Johnson, Jr.

Brenda D. Mitchell
Crater Community Hospice, Inc.


Hattie Barley
Federal Reserve Bank

Diane Bright
Poet's Walk Memory Care of Fredericksburg

Nora N. Crouch
Markel Corporation

Phoebe P. Hall
Hall & Hall, PLC

Matt Harper
MHR Services, Inc.

Arlene Hayes

Frank McCarthy
Visiting Angels
Northern Neck & Middle Peninsula

Judith E. O'Brien
MassMutual Financial Group

Myra Goodman Smith
Leadership Metro Richmond

Christy Walsh-Smith
Home Instead Senior Care


CEO Sherry Peterson, M.S.W.
Development Director Ashleigh Moody, CFRE
Director of Finance and Operations Kevin Northrop, M.B.A.
Program Director Mary Ann Johnson, M.A.

Regional Directors




Ellie Galloway
(Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck)

Lori Myers

Felicia Kelsey, M.Ed.

Walk Manager Sandy Grady
Education & Outreach Coordinator Kristin Guest
Family Care Coordinator Nancy Lentz
Program Assistant Merle Kahn
Care Consultant Jessica Samet
Development Assistant Whitney Melton
Office Manager Fran Foster
State Public Policy Director Carter Harrison

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Our history

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter was established in 1981 with the organization of a single family support group and became a Chapter of the National Alzheimer's Association in 1983. In its beginning, the Chapter was composed exclusively of dedicated volunteers. Over the years, the Chapter has grown to include three branch offices in Fredericksburg, Gloucester, andTri-Cities and a headquarters office in Richmond.

Tremendous Chapter growth occurred as awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the existence of local services grew. The number of support groups increased, helpline coverage expanded, safe return education was created, educational programs expanded, and public policy advocacy increased.

As the Greater Richmond Chapter continues to grow, it remains dedicated to research for the prevention, cure, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, education of professionals and the general public regarding the nature of the disease, and provision of support and assistance to those with the disease and their families. Our mission will continue to coincide with that of the national association through research, education, advocacy, and services to patients and families

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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.