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The Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter is the leading volunteer health organization in Alzheimer’s disease care - serving 87 counties in Illinois, with offices in Bloomington, Carbondale, Chicago, Joliet, Peoria, Quincy, Rockford and Springfield. Since 1980, the Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes across the state.

In 1979, nine Chicagoland families with personal connections to dementia found there were little care and support resources available for those affected with Alzheimer’s disease. After meeting with National Institute on Aging – they founded, what later became known as the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter – a volunteer-driven, self-help organization offering information and support to those affected.

Six years later, in 1986, a group of Peoria-area activists and geriatric health professionals, seeking similar information, established the Geriatric Network, laying the foundation for the Central Illinois Chapter’s affiliation with the National Alzheimer’s Association in 1987. 

Since then, our chapters have accomplished many successes together. Last year, our advocates helped secure the largest increase in federal Alzheimer’s disease research funding in history and our request for $400 million increase in the FY17 funding bill. The Alzheimer’s Association has also invested over $375 million dollars into active research projects around globe, including $12 million in funding to Illinois based researchers. While staying on the peak of cutting edge research we offer free educational programs across the state, 24/7 helpline, support groups and online message boards.

Today, our chapters have combined resources to become the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. We serve the nearly one million Illinois residents affected by Alzheimer’s disease, including 220,000 people with the disease, throughout our chapter area.

We are committed to accelerating the progress of new treatments, care, preventative measures and ultimately, finding a cure.

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 Illinois 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 75% of all funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.

Chapter Audited Financial Statement

To view the most recent audited financial statements for the Chapter, click below.

The Illinois Chapter has chosen to be included in the Alzheimer’s Association’s IRS 990 Group Tax Return, and did not file a separate return. Click here to display the National Alzheimer’s Association IRS 990 Group Tax Returns.

Annual report
Strategic Plan

The Alzheimer's Association's nationwide strategic plan sets the pace for significant growth in delivering our mission across the country. The Illinois Chapter strives to implement all strategies for growth outlined in the strategic plan within the Chapter territory.

In this strategic plan change:

  • Change costs $203 billion to $259 billion
  • Change $1.1 trillion from $1.2 trillion

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Board of directors – Illinois Chapter

Executive Committee

Chair
Mary Wasik - Park Ridge, IL
   Attorney, Partner
   Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

Vice Chair
Victoria Raymont - Chicago, IL
   Principal
   Raymont Group

Mattias Brown - Arlington Heights, IL
   Sr. Director & Assist. Sec'y
   Product Approval & Compliance
   CNO Services LLC

Keith Kinsey, CFP® - Varna, IL
   Managing Director Investment Officer,
   Kinsey Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo

Cheri L. McEssy - Chicago, IL
   Owner/President
   CMAC McVentures LLC

Marcus Morrow - Chicago, IL
   Attorney
   Tribler, Orpett & Meyer, P.C.

Sheri Supena - Elmhurst, IL
   Actor, Volunteer

Janis Tratnik - Evanston, IL
   Principal
    Jan Tratnik Consulting

James Werner - North Barrington, IL
   Senior VP, Internal Audit
   Hyatt Corporation

 

General Board

Jennifer Convery - Western Springs, IL
   Group President, North America
   Griffith Foods Inc.

Michael Duffy - Chicago, IL
   Partner
   Baker & McKenzie LLP

Cathy Edge - Rockford, IL
   Community Volunteer

Scott Goldberg - Glencoe, IL
   President
   Bankers Life

Joseph Harrington - Chicago, IL
   Community Volunteer

Reagan Hogerty - La Grange, IL
   Senior Vice President
   Jordan Industries Int’l LLC

Daneen Jachino - Chicago, IL
   Community Volunteer

Stephen C. Mack - Inverness, IL
   Community Volunteer

Brad Moore - Lake Forest, IL
   Chief Revenue Officer
   Vision

Aimee M. Nolan - Evanston, IL
    Associate General Counsel and
    Chief Intellectual Property Counsel

Robert Noonan - Chicago, IL
   Chicago Parrott Heads

Raj Shah - Naperville, IL
   Associate Professor
   Rush University Medical Center

Note: the city listed is personal residence

Advisory Committees

* Non-Board member

The Illinois Chapter Network (ICN)

Beth Coulson *
  Community volunteer

Cathy Edge *
  Community volunteer

Stuart Gaines *
  CEO
  Community Care Alternatives

Jason Gowin *
  Owner
  Gowin Parc

Joseph Harrington
  Regional Health Officer
  Illinois Dept. of Public Health

Daneen Jachino, Chair
  Community Volunteer

Brandy Levin *
  Corporate Public Policy Analyst
  State Farm Insurance

Stephen Mack *
  Community Volunteer

Kerry Peck
  Managing Partner
  Peck Bloom, LLC


Medical & Scientific

Charlene S. Aaron PhD, RN*
  Chancellor
  St. John's College

Julia Bernoit, MD*
  Illinois Neurological Institute – Memory Disorders

Victoria Braund, MD*
  North Shore University Health Care System
  Department of Geriatrics and Internal Medicine

Concetta Forchetti, MD*
  Medical Director, Alexian Brothers Memory Disorder
  Center & Clinical Research
  Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 

Zoran M. Grujic, MD*
  Northwestern DuPage Medical Center
  Department of Neurology

Changiz Geula, PhD*
  Professor of Neuroscience
  Director, Laboratory for Cognitive & Molecular Morphometry
  Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer’s Disease Center
  Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Joseph Harrington    
  Chapter Board of Directors
  Regional Health Officer
  Illinois Department of Public Health

Dae Hyoun (David) Jeong, MD*
  Assistant Professor
  Department of Family and Community Medicine 
  Director of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Medicine
  Southern Illinois University 

Vincent Keenan, CAE*
  Chair, Chapter’s Medical and Scientific 
  Advisory Committee 
  Executive Vice President
  Illinois Academy of Family Physicians 

Melissa Lamar, PhD*
  Associate Professor
  Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

James A. Mastrianni, MD, PhD*
  Associate Professor and Director of the 
  Center for Comprehensive Care and Research
  on Memory Disorders at the University of Chicago  

William Rhoades, MD*
  Chair of Medicine, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital 
  Chair and Professor of Medicine at Chicago Medical School at RFUMS
  Nesset Geriatrics

Staff 
Terrianne Reynolds, MPH
  Director of Medical and Research Activities 
  Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter 

Advisors
Raj Shah, MD
  Chapter Board of Directors Liaison
  Medical Director of the Clinic at Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
  Assistant Professor, Family Medicine Rush University Medical Center


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Administrative staff

President & CEO
   Erna Colborn 

Chief Development Officer
   Lisa Lee

Chief Program Officer
   Melanie Chavin

Vice President, Communications
   Nancy Rainwater

Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy
   Jennifer Belkov

Senior Director of Finance & Administration
   Kathy Bretl

Director, Education & Outreach
   Melanie Adams

Director, E-Strategy
   Salvador Bayron

Director, Finance
   Maggie Kocol 

Director, Helpline and Support Services
   Melissa Tucker

Director, Information Technology
   Mark Smith

Director, Medical and Research Activities
   Terrianne Reynolds

Director, Volunteers 
   Louie Iovane

Director, Walk 
   Rachel Hesse

Executive Assistant to the CEO
   Sherron Farrell


Chapter staff by location

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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.