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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 jscheuermann@alz.org or 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


Neil Klar, Chair
Katonah, NY

Karen Ganis, First Vice Chair (on leave of absence)
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

Click here for Resources for the Board only

Staff List

Management team:
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)
Jody Addeo, Outreach Manager: Rockland, Westchester and Putnam
Katherine Bolt, African American Outreach Manager
Kristen Bonistall, Care Consultant & Director, Family Education​
Sue Bunce, Director of Volunteer Services

Joan Carl, Director of Community Engagement for Dutchess, Putnam and northern Westchester 
Donna Davies,  Care Consultant: Orange and Sullivan, Senior Director of Programs and Services
Josephine Engelhart, Physician Outreach Representative
Karen Finnegan, Director, Walk to End Alzheimer's
Patricia Gaston, Care Consultant | Director​,​ Professional Education & Research-Related Activities
Beth Jabick, Director of Corporate Relations and Annual Giving
Elizabeth Johnson, Care Consultant: Dutchess/Ulster and Director of Client Assistance
Debra Kagan-Birkeland, Care Consultant: Rockland County, and Director of Caregiver Support Group Services
Kayla Lesser, Latino Outreach Manager
Teena Lewis, Manager, Office and Donor Services for Westchester/Putnam
Theresa Lopez, Latino Outreach Manager
Sara Magee, Grant Program Manager
Lisa Mazzurco, Accounting Clerk
Richard McClurg, Staff Accountant/IT Manager
Margaret Miller, Helpline Manager
Lisa Papatoniou, Director, Early Stage Services and Care Consultant
Dugan Radwin, Communications Manager
Venesa Samuda, Walk Manager, Dutchess/Ulster and Orange/Sullivan
Rachel Smith, Office Manager, Dutchess/Ulster, and Donor Services and Program Support
Shannon Stewart, Office Manager, Middletown
Janet Syvertsen, Director of Community Engagement: Orange/Sullivan and Dutchess/Ulster
Mary Varano, Bookkeeper
Lauren Voorhees, Manager of The Longest Day and Special Events
Debbie Warburton, Director of Government Relations
Jonelle Ward, Director of Outreach, Diversity: Westchester-Putnam-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.



Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
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