Maria Monreal-Cameron served as President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW) from1989, until her retirement in September of 2013. During that time, she dedicated her energies and talents to directing positive change and to providing Milwaukee's Hispanic community with expanded opportunities to enhance the quality of life in the community. Maria now brings the same relentless passion and “never quit” attitude to her endeavors to bring awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease to the Hispanic community.
Maria’s passion for the Alzheimer’s mission stems from a heart-wrenching experience. She watched as her late husband, Attorney Edward Cameron, a once strong and in-control individual, progressively deteriorated from Alzheimer’s disease.
Maria provides visionary leadership as a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors. And as an Alzheimer’s Champion, she focuses her efforts on bringing awareness of this devastating disease to Hispanics, who are 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than other populations.
“I would love my Hispanic community to be able to distinguish between the signs of normal aging and the early signs of this devastating disease. I am an Alzheimer’s Champion because I have taken it as a personal mission, my special crusade, to one day say “Hasta la vista Alzheimer’s. Adios Alzheimers!”