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The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. 

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.

Our History

Commemorating 25 Years of Service in 2010

Almost three decades ago, a group of caregivers gathered around a kitchen table in Columbia to discuss caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Together, they created a support network that grew each year until in 1985, the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter signed an official charter and agreed to serve those with Alzheimer’s and their families as a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Today, the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter offers services and support to the 14,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia in central and northeast Missouri. The chapter has grown from a group of dedicated volunteers to a full-time operation, employing eight inspired individuals and serving the community 24 hours a day.

“Through efficiency, hard work, and inspired dedication to this cause, the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter provides a wealth of services to so many in central and northeast Missouri,” said Linda Newkirk, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter.

While the Alzheimer’s Association grew and developed over the last 25 years, so too has our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. What was once considered a natural result of aging is now understood as a progressive brain disease which destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to interfere with daily life. Researchers now agree that Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Recent studies are unraveling this mysterious disease, including improved diagnostics, treatments and preventative techniques.

“The Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter is commemorating 25 years of service to the community; we won’t celebrate until we find a cure. The Alzheimer’s Association will continue to work tirelessly to provide services and support to those with Alzheimer’s and their families while advocating for investments in Alzheimer research in order to find that cure,” concluded Newkirk.

Annual Report

Click here to see our Annual Report


Board of Directors - Columbia

Kay Niemeier, President
Andrea Benna, J.D., Vice President
Linda Fisher, Secretary

Richard Oliver, Ph.D
Lisa Pilkington
David Tomlinson
Reginald "Reg" Turnbull
Lili Vianello
Mary Joan Wood
Linda Botterfield Cupp
Lenard L Politte, MD
Sandy Scotten

Columbia Staff

Executive Director-Linda Newkirk

Associate Director, Programs-Joetta Coen

Associate Director Events-Chris Baker

Communications Manager-Janie Elson 

Family Services Coordinator-Pam Richmond

Early Stage Care Consultant, Alzheimer’s Educator-Janie Bonham

Community Outreach Coordinator-Patti Coble


Springfield Staff

Senior Associate Director-Marie Murphree

Associate Director-Angel King

Associate Director of Events-Nate Reed

Finance Manager-Teresa McCullough

Specialist Care Consultant-Marci McKie

Outreach Coordinator-Rob Hulstra

Administrative Assistant-Tanis Tucker


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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.