The Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research for 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer's and the people who care for them. The Alzheimer's Association, which was founded in 1980 by a group of caregivers, is the largest private funder of Alzheimer's research.
According to the latest Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures report, North Carolina is home to more than 150,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s and half a million unpaid caregivers. The Eastern North Carolina Chapter is responsible for providing programs and support services, information, referral, education and advocacy to the 51 counties of Eastern North Carolina.
Our Mission and Vision
Lisa Roberts, Executive Director
Peggy Best, LCSW, Associate Director, Programs and Advocacy
Peggy joined the Eastern North Carolina Chapter in April 2014 as the associate director, programs and advocacy. Her work involves community outreach through facilitating education programs and training volunteers as community educators and support group facilitators. Her advocacy efforts include organizing the annual State Advocacy Day in downtown Raleigh and attending the Advocacy Forum held annually in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Eastern North Carolina Chapter, Peggy worked as a social worker for an Alzheimer's special care unit, a team lead for the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline and as a cardiology ICU social worker with Vanderbilt University. Peggy is over six feet tall and no - she never played basketball!
Kristina Koehler, Associate Director, Development
Kristina joined the Eastern North Carolina Chapter in December of 2013 as associate director, development. She is the staff liaison to Walk to End Alzheimer’s volunteer planning committees in Fayetteville, Johnston County and Raleigh/Durham. Kristina serves as grants manager for the chapter and coordinates The Longest Day volunteer task force. Kristina has worked in fund development and event planning for nonprofit organizations since 1994. Her most exciting prior workplace was a wildlife sanctuary where, while designing the fund development program, she also worked an animal trainer with cougars, lions and tigers. Kristina now lives in Wake Forest.
Amy Julian, Development Specialist
Amy joined the Eastern North Carolina Chapter in 2012 as a development specialist. She worked to establish two new Walk to End Alzheimer’s in New Bern and Wilmington in 2013 and works closely with planning committees in these areas to raise awareness and funds. Amy acts as the chapter’s communication liaison, which includes writing press releases, managing the weekly e-newsletter and designing promotional materials for programs and events. Amy hails from The Last Frontier - Alaska - but now lives in Chapel Hill with her brewmaster husband.
Margaret Millett, Assistant Vice President at Metlife
Chris McCool, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Pepsi
Martha McCool, Philanthropist
Pat McKee, McKee Homes
Julie Russo, Director of Administration, McKee Homes
The Areas We Serve
The Eastern North Carolina Chapter serves the following 51 counties: