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Six Colorado leaders join Alzheimer’s Association board

Six Colorado leaders join Alzheimer’s Association board
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January 22, 2021
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Six senior business and community leaders from across Colorado have been elected to join the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.

KPMG, Northwestern Mutual, DaVita, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and William Brummett Architects are home to the new board members, who bring the Alzheimer’s Association board membership to 17 for 2021.

Kristen-BeattyTitle-(1).jpgThe new board will be led by first-year Chair Kristen Beatty of Pax 8, who succeeds outgoing Chair Tom O’Donnell of Holland & Hart.

“I am delighted by both the extensive professional experience of our incoming board member as well as the energy for the Alzheimer’s cause they’re bringing to this new challenge,” said Amelia Schafer, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. 

Joining the Colorado board for three-year terms are:
  • Stu Bale – account manager, Northwestern Mutual in Grand Junction. A combat veteran (U.S. Air Force), Bale brings expertise in sales, development and donor relations, with a passion for driving collaborative partnerships.
  • Bill Brummett – principal, William Brummett Architects in Denver. Brummett brings over 25 years of experience focusing on innovative and user-centered design and programming for seniors, particularly those with dementia.
  • Alejandro Daza – manager, KPMG. Daza brings more than 15 years of experience in the energy economics industry, including work as an analyst and technical consultant in the power and coal industries. He has a family connection to Alzheimer’s and dementia, which drives his passion to be part of the mission.
  • Eric Janes – manager, Deal Advisory & Strategy, KPMG. Janes has more than 10 years of experience leading people and projects through strategies in support of predictive analytics, data governance, innovative technology solutions and more. He brings a strong interest in Alzheimer’s research.
  • Charles Ritz – president, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado. Ritz has spent the majority of his career in various leadership roles with a large national health insurer, most recently leading an eight-state Western region. His experience includes managing a health plan and specialty business, network contracting, value-based payment structures, clinical management and more.
  • Erica Waxman – group counsel, Nephrology Practice Solutions at DaVita. An experienced health care regulatory attorney, Waxman formerly worked as assistant attorney general within the Attorney General of Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
“The Class of 2020 on the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado board brings exciting potential to our team as we start a new decade in the shadow of the coronavirus,” said Schafer. “While we are serving more Coloradans than ever, we must redouble our efforts to reach every corner of our state and, of course, continue the search for a cure.”

New officers for 2021
The Colorado Chapter board of directors also approved a new officer team for 2021:
  • Kristen Beatty – Pax 8 – chair 
  • J. Ryann Peyton – The Peyton Group – vice chair
  • Lana Currance – AllHealth Network – secretary
  • Tim Glennie – Bridgeview IT – member at large
  • Mark Thompson – Delta Dental – member at large
There are 76,000 Coloradans living with Alzheimer’s disease and 256,000 more who serve as their voluntary, unpaid caregivers. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death, and the only leading disease without a prevention, treatment or cure.

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