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About Us

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carbondale, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford and Springfield. Since 1980, the Chapter has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. Today, the Greater Illinois Chapter serves the more than a half million Illinois residents affected by Alzheimer’s disease throughout our chapter area, including 210,000 people with the disease.

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

Financial information

The Greater 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 Greater 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 Greater Illinois Chapter strives to implement all strategies for growth outlined in the strategic plan within the Chapter territory.

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Board of directors – Greater Illinois Chapter

Executive Committee

Janis Tratnik - Evanston, IL
   Jan Tratnik Consulting

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

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
   CMAC McVentures LLC

Marcus Morrow - Chicago, IL
   Segal, McCambridge, Singer and Mahoney

Victoria Raymont - Chicago, IL
   Raymont Group

Sheri Supena - Elmhurst, IL
   Actor, Volunteer

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
   Baker & McKenzie LLP

Cathy Edge - Rockford, IL
   Community Volunteer

Scott Goldberg - Glencoe, IL
   Bankers Life

Joseph Harrington - Chicago, IL
   Regional Health Officer
   Illinois Department of Public Health

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

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 *
  Community Care Alternatives

Jason Gowin *
  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*
  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

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

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, Human Resources
   Lori Calcinardi

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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