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About Us

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 are living with the disease and more than 80,000 of them reside in our service territory. Services provided include education programs for persons with dementia, caregivers, professionals and the general community as well as support groups and a 24/7 Helpline. Further, the Chapter actively advocates at the state and national level of government for research and support services on behalf of the people of Kentucky who suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

Our Vision
A world without Alzheimer's disease.

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Financial Information

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.

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Board of Directors

Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter
July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Nicki McMahon, Chair
Becky Beanblossom, Vice Chair

Tammy Barker
David M. Casey, MD
Sandra E. Chambers-Reed, MPH
Colmon Elridge, III
Allen L. Harris, Jr.
Mauritia Kamer
Jack Koetter
Kelley Nalli
D. Andrew Nestrick
Karen Profitt Newman, EDD, MSN, RN
Michelle Bries Nichols
Kathy Owens, RN, MSN
Sue Parenti
Sharon Reed
Joe Rosenberg
Terry Smallwood
Scott Townsend
Deborah Tuggle, MN, APRN, CCNS, FCCM
Anne H. Veno, RN, BSN, MBA, LNHA
Misty Vantrease
Sarah Zoeller

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About Our Staff


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, Executive Director, joined the Association in March of 2004. 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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Employment Opportunities

To view a current listing of our employment opportunities, please click here.


Alzheimer's Association

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