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About us

The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones.

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.

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Financial information

The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas 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.

  • For selected financial data from the Chapter's Audited Financial Statements, click here.
  • To download a copy of the most recent IRS Form 990 as filed with the IRS, click here.
  • To view our Guidestar profile, click here.
  • To download a copy of our most recent IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Exemption Status letter, click here.

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Board of Directors – Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter


Julie Fenske                       Chairman
Jill Wright                            Vice Chairman
Jim Denman                       Treasurer
Lynn Bencowitz                  Secretary
Mark Kunik, M.D.                Immediate Past Chair

Board of Directors - At Large

Don Baird
Joi Beasley
Kerry Dannecker
John England
Kamden Kanaly

Don Langer
Christina Lesher
Jacqueline Pierson
Cynthia Trigg

Carmen Millet

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Our history

The Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter has been serving the Greater Houston area for over thirty years. The Chapter meets all twenty of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston’s Standards for charitable accountability.

The Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter began in 1980 as a grassroots organization meeting at a local church. Caregivers Harry Walker and Al Malyn created the Chapter while caring for their wives with Alzheimer’s disease. The Chapter was incorporated in 1982. From our humble beginnings as a volunteer-driven organization that primarily served Southwest Houston, we have expanded into an organization with 28 staff members and over 300 volunteers who serve 37 counties.

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Website security and privacy policy

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to protecting your privacy when you visit our Web site. Information we collect from you is used to improve our site, provide you a better experience, respond to your questions and process your online donations.

We collect two types of information on our Web site:

  1. Web server traffic information. This information is used to determine the number of visitors to our site, length of stay and sources of traffic. We collect aggregate data — or totals of those visiting from a domain — not information identifying individual users. We use this information to help improve our site and our service to you.

  2. Personal information provided by you. We collect e-mail addresses and other personal information only when you provide it to us. If you fill out a form or survey, request information or make a donation, we may collect your name, address, city, state, zip code, telephone number and e-mail address.

We respect your privacy and recognize that you may wish to limit the ways in which we contact you. Simply send an e-mail to jessica.abadserpas@alz.org with the following information:

  • To remove your name from the Alzheimer's Association postal mailing list, please provide your full name, mailing address and a sentence requesting suppression of your personal information in our files.

  • To review or correct your personal information with the Alzheimer's Association, please provide your name and a sentence requesting a review or a correction.

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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.