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About us

The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter provides support and resources to individuals suffering from memory loss, and their families, in a five-county region of northeast Ohio including Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain counties. Nearly all services are provided free of charge. The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The disease currently affects more than five million American adults and is the 6th leading cause of death in the country. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the US that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed down.

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 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 77% of funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.

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Board of Directors – Cleveland Area Chapter

Board of Directors
Bonnie H. Marcus, Chair
Robert L. Bazzarelli, CPA
Robert M. Burak
Ruth E. Elliott
Kimberly K. Ferenchak
David J. Gordon
Betsy Johnson
Cynthia Moore-Hardy, FACHE
Jeffrey R. Huntsberger
Samuel B. Martello
Matthew J. Morelli
Patrick G. Paoletta
Kim M. Pesses
Mark A. Quarm, CPA
Mary Ann H. Shamis
Ronald C. Stansbury

Christine Fears Branche, Emeritus

Professional Advisory Board

Alan J. Lerner, MD, Chair
Brian S. Appleby, MD
David M. Bass, PhD
Stephen A. Baum, MD
James W. Campbell, MD
Lindsay-Dawn Cooper, CNP
Peter A. DeGolia, MD, CMD
Deborah J. Gould, MD
Gemma Smith Hayes, PhD
James B. Leverenz, MD
Martha Sajatovic, MD
Lori Stevic-Rust, PhD
Babak Tousi, MD, CMD, FACP
Anne Vanderbilt, CNP
Matthew S. Wayne, MD


Administration Department

Nancy B. Udelson, President and CEO
Kelly Donahue, Marketing & Communications Manager
Marilyn Hahn, CVA, Volunteer Engagement Manager
Maryann Koney, Accountant II
Dawn LoConti, Accounting & Development Assistant
Susan Pruitt, Executive Assistant

Development Department
Melissa Zapanta Shelton, Vice President
Eleanor Abram, Development Manager
Seana Dailey, Donor and Events Manager
Gina Flower, Corporate Relations Manager
Katie Mang, Signature Events Manager
Kelsey Ott, Signature Events Coordinator

Care and Support Services Department
Jana Rush, MPH, MA, Vice President
Carol Amato, Physician Support Specialist
Natalie M. Besser, LSW, Dementia Care Coach & Support Group Specialist
Janie Chambers, Program Assistant
Tracy Clark, Dementia Care Coach & Support Group Specialist
Cynthia Davenport, M.Ed, Education & Outreach Specialist
Mary Ertle, Helpline Specialist
Cathy Franz, LSW, Dementia Care Coach
Stacey Heffernan, Education and Outreach Manager
Jaime Inks, CTRS, CDP, Education & Outreach Specialist
Caitlin Merz, MSW,  Dementia Care Coach & Support Group Specialist
Mónica A. Olivera, Hispanic Services Specialist, Care Consultant
Jeff Reech, LMFT,LPC, Clinical Consultation Manager
Lauri Scharf, MPA, LSW, Support Services Manager
Sarah Sobel, MNO, Public Policy and Outreach Manager
Mary Ann Walker, Support Group Specialist

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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.