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The Alzheimer’s Association - Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter provides support and assistance to the communities of  Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties in New York. The Chapter is a unit of the Alzheimer's Association  and is committed to carrying out the mission of the Association at the local level.  It is registered in New York as a non-profit corporation and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

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 Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization (EIN 14-1695487). Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The chapter uses 75-80% of funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.

The Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter participates in the group 990 which covers a majority of the members of the Alzheimer's Association chapter network.  To view the group 990, please click here.

Our audited financial statements are available to you.  If you would like a copy, please contact Jennifer Scheuermann, Director of Finance & Operations at email or phone 800.272.3900.

Annual report

2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report  
2012 Annual Report  
2011 Annual Report  
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report


Board of Directors -
Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter


Neil Klar, Chair
Katonah, NY

Karen Ganis, First Vice Chair
Carmel, NY

Kristin Georgi, Second Vice Chair
Warwick, NY

William M. (Andy) Cahn, Third Vice Chair
Armonk, NY

Richard McGuinness, Treasurer
New City, NY

Frances M. Pantaleo, Secretary
White Plains, NY

Diane Aparisio, White Plains, NY
Geri Books, Nanuet, NY
Sheila Chervin, Larchmont, NY
Peter Clark, Poughkeepsie, NY
Dozene Guishard, New Rochelle, NY
Steve Libov, Purchase, NY
Barry Meiselman, Scarsdale, NY
Christa Picciano-Daniello, Rye, NY
Cindy Shmerler, Pleasantville, NY
Ron Stanton, Hopewell Junction, NY

Staff List

Elaine Sproat, President & CEO (Poughkeepsie)
Meg Boyce, VP of Programs & Services (Poughkeepsie)
Michele Muir, VP of Communications & Public Policy (Poughkeepsie)
Jennifer Scheuermann, VP of Finance & Operations (Middletown)
Joan Carl, Office Manager
Elizabeth Johnson, Care Consultant
Richard McClurg, Staff Accountant/IT Manager
Karen Skelton, Director, Walk to End Alzheimer's
Mary Varano, Bookkeeper

Sue Bunce, Director of Volunteer Services
Donna Davies, Care Consultant
Janet Syvertsent, Outreach Manager
New City
Debra Kagan-Birkeland, Care Consultant
Jody Addeo, Outreach Manager
Kristen Bonistall, Care Consultant
Patricia Gaston, Care Consultant
Terry Kean, Director, Walk to End Alzheimer's
Teena Lewis, Office Manager
Jonelle Ward, Outreach Manager

Our history

In the late 1970’s and 1980’s, a number of local caregiver support groups sprang up as a result of partnerships between family caregivers and human service professionals. Several of these grass-roots organizations later applied to become affiliates of the national Alzheimer’s Association.

A group in Westchester was first, joining the national organization in late 1980, the year of its founding, and opening an office at Burke Rehabilitation Center, in White Plains, in December, 1981.  Much later, in 1997, the Chapter took on responsibility for serving Putnam County, where a small chapter had previously existed; a Point of Service was opened in space donated by United Cerebral Palsy in 2001.

A chapter in Rockland County was founded when one of the members of the County’s first Alzheimer’s support group suggested getting connected to the National Alzheimer’s Association and got all the paperwork going.  The Rockland County chapter was approved in 1984. The Chapter initially occupied a small room at the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Care Center.

The Mid-Hudson Chapter, serving Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties, was founded in 1986 when the facilitator of an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group at the Dutchess County Office for the Aging urged the group to affiliate with the National Alzheimer’s Association.  The Chapter set up an office in a room donated by the Office for the Aging in 1991.  

The Sullivan Chapter also resulted from the joint efforts of family caregivers and professionals.  A member of a support group held at Catskill Regional Medical Center worked with the support group leader and other family caregivers to form a Sullivan County Alzheimer’s Committee—and, in 1992, a chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
An office in Monticello served families from 1996 to 1999, when the group joined forces with the Mid-Hudson Chapter and opened a larger office in Middletown to serve families in both Sullivan and Orange.

The Rockland and Mid-Hudson Chapters subsequently voted to merge in 2000, and the Mid-Hudson and Westchester/ Putnam Chapters followed suit, leading to the creation of the Hudson Valley/Rockland/ Westchester, NY Chapter in 2002.  The chapter Boards arrived at these decisions to realign because they believed that a single chapter would enable them to provide more and better patient and family services, to reach more families in their local areas, and to raise more revenue to support their mission.

Today the Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter is an organization with 19 staff in five offices, supported by thousands of families throughout Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties.  With this growth have come vastly enhanced programs and services for the almost 40,000 individuals in our seven counties who have Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, their families, and health care professionals.



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.