The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter is the only voluntary health organization in West Virginia solely dedicated to providing education and support service to individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementias, to their families and caregivers. The Chapter serves all 55 counties in West Virginia and six counties in eastern Ohio.
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.
A world without Alzheimer's disease.
The Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia 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 85% funds raised for programs and services in the Chapter territory.
The West Virginia Chapter chooses to be included in the IRS Form 990 Group Tax Return filed each year and does not file a separate return. Click here for more information about the national Alzheimer's Association IRS 990 Group Tax Returns.
Teresa Miller, President
Wallace F. Suttle, II, CPA, 1st Vice President
Laura Boone, 2nd Vice President
David K. Higgins, Esq., Secretary
Barry Dobson, Treasurer
Deborah Curry, JD
Mark D. Davis
Sonia Bailey Gibson
Roberta Green, Esq.
Shawn King, Ph.D., LISW-S
Edward (Ted) Martin, Esq., Assembly Delegate
Julie Tawney Warden
Loriann Sonntag, MSW, MS, LCSW, GC-C
Sandra K. Vanin, Ed.D
Annette Zavareei, Ph.D.
On July 1, 2001, three West Virginia Chapters of the Alzheimer's Association merged into one Chapter. The chapters, North Central West Virginia (Morgantown), Greater Mid-Ohio Valley (Parkersburg), and Southern West Virginia (Charleston), had a strong history of collaboration and as a part of an effort from the national Alzheimer's Association, combined resources and joined together.
The Southern West Virginia Chapter was incorporated on September 12, 1984, the culmination of a three-year effort by families and other concerned volunteers to establish a chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. It was an all volunteer chapter until a bequest in late 1989 allowed the board of directors to hire a part-time Executive Director.
In 1990, the Parkersburg area was chosen as the site of an innovative federally funded Alzheimer's disease study of patients and their care, partly because of the age demographics of the area. During the study, healthcare professionals involved saw the devastating effects the disease had on both patients and caregivers. A family support group was formed and a Helpline phone number established. In 1996, the organization became a chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
In 1994, Mrs. Nellie Black's husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. When she discovered there were no community resources for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients, she approached the West Virginia University Center on Aging. A support group was formed and continues to meet monthly. The volunteer group became a chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in March 1994.
The Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter serves all 55 counties in West Virginia and in Ohio serves Athens, Meigs, Morgan, Monroe, Noble and Washington counties.
The Chapter is headquartered in Charleston and regional offices are in Parkersbug and Morgantown.