The Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides service and education to 125 counties across greater Kentucky and southern Indiana. Over 5 million Americans have the disease and more than 80,000 of them reside in our service territory. The services provided to those affected by Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers include a 24 hour helpline; support groups; educational programs designed for caregivers, professionals and general education for the community; a newsletter and advocacy at all levels of government.
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.
The Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana 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 76% of funds raised for programs, services and research efforts. For more information, please click here.
Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Officers Ben Schoenbachler, MD, Chair Nicki McMahon, Vice Chair
Directors Becky Beanblossom David M. Casey, MD Richard Edelson, PhD, ABPN Colmon Elridge, III Rhonda Faller, Esq Allen L. Harris, Jr. Mauritia Kamer Helen Kientz Jack Koetter Cathy Nagy Kelley Nalli Karen Profitt Newman, EDD, MSN, RN Kathy Owens Sharon Reed Joe Rosenberg Terry Smallwood Scott Townsend Deborah Tuggle, MN, APRN, CCNS, FCCM Ann H. Veno, RN, BSN, MBA, LNHA Christine White, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Teri Shirk, Executive Director, joined the Association in early 2008. She spent the last twenty years in non-profit service and administration, including eight years as an executive. Teri holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. She acts on behalf on the Board of Directors to provide the Association with strategic direction and administrative oversight.
Bari Lewis,Chapter Director of Community Outreach, officially joined the Alzheimer’s Association in early 2012 after several years serving as a volunteer on the Association's Public Policy Committee. She holds a Masters degree in Gerontology and Long-term Care Management. In her position she provides leadership and direction for the Mission and Service portion of the Association, which renders both caregiver and professional information, education, training, and support to the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana area. Bari began her career in the field of aging as a direct caregiver; an experience that grounded her in person-centered care and shaped her philosophy of eldercare both personally and professionally. She is passionate about the awareness and provision of quality care and services, both locally and globally for those diagnosed with or caring for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer's and related dementias.
DeeAnna Esslinger, Chapter Director of Development, serves the Alzheimer’s Association as the Vice President of Development. She joined the Association in March of 2004 and oversees all fundraising for the Chapter including special events, major gifts, planned giving, grants and donations. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a certificate of Non Profit Leadership from Bellarmine University. Her background includes events management with the Kentucky Derby Festival, accounts management with MCI Telecommunications, and membership development with the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Louisville Chamber of Commerce.
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