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The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley 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 nonprofit 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 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 percent of funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.
 

The Hudson Valley 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 jscheuermann@alz.org 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 Chapter

Officers

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

Directors
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, Vice President of Programs & Services (Poughkeepsie)
Michele Muir, Vice President of Marketing and Development (Poughkeepsie)
Jennifer Scheuermann, Vice President of Finance & Operations (Middletown)
 
Poughkeepsie 

Joan Carl, Manager, Office and Donor Services (Dutchess/Ulster, Orange/Sullivan and Rockland
Elizabeth Johnson, Care Consultant: Dutchess/Ulster and Director of Client Assistance
Richard McClurg, Staff Accountant/IT Manager
Dugan Radwin, Communications Manager
Karen Finnegan, Director, Walk to End Alzheimer's: Dutchess/Ulster, Orange/Sullivan, Rockland and Westchester
Mary Varano, Bookkeeper

Middletown

Sue Bunce, Director of Volunteer Services
Donna Davies, Care Consultant: Orange and Sullivan, Family Education
Sara Magee, Grant Program Manager
Janet Syvertsen, Outreach Manager: Orange/Sullivan and Dutchess/Ulster
 
New City
 
Jody Addeo, Outreach Manager: Rockland, Westchester and Putnam
Debra Kagan-Birkeland, Care Consultant: Rockland County and Family Support Services
Debbie Warburton, Director of Government Relations
 
Purchase
 
Kristen Bonistall, Care Consultant: Westchester-Putnam, Director of Professional Education
Beth Jabick, Director of Corporate Relations and Annual Giving
Patricia Gaston, Care Consultant: Westchester/Putnam, Director, Healthcare Outreach and Research-Related Activities
Teena Lewis, Manager, Office and Donor Services for Westchester/Putnam
Jonelle Ward, Outreach Manager, Diversity: Westchester, Putnam and Rockland



Our history

In the late 1970s and 1980s, a number of local caregiver support groups sprang up as a result of partnerships between family caregivers and human service professionals. Several of these grassroots 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 Chapter in 2002. The chapter boards arrived at these decisions to realign because they believed a single chapter would enable them to provide more and better patient and family services, to reach more families in their local areas and raise more revenue to support their mission.

Today the Hudson Valley Chapter is an organization supporting 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.



 
 


 

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