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The Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Richmond Chapter

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 Greater Richmond 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.

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2016 Audited Financial Statements

Click here to view.

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Impact Report

Click here to view our FY17 Impact Report.

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Strategic plan

Click here to view our 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.

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Form 990

Click here to view our FY16 Form 990.

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Board of Directors


Katie Hamann
Door to Door Solutions

Vice President
Selena Sanderson
Community Supporter


Jeff Bartlett
Ernst & Young

Lisette Carbajal

Garland Creighton, Jr.
Garland Creighton CPA

Shelly Ford
Cardinal Village

Brad Kiscaden
Markel Corp.

Jason Popham
Northwestern Mutual

Kelley Powell
MacLaurin Group

James Asa Shield, Jr., MD
Community Supporter

Brit Trible
Bon Secours Home Health

Christy Walsh-Smith

Frances Zehmer
Community Supporter


Executive Director Marie D. Kolendo
Director of Constituent Events Sandy Grady
Development Director  Katie Hood
Director of Programs and Services Tina Thomas, MS, CMHS, CDP

Regional Directors




Ellie Galloway
(Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck)

Lori Myers


Care Consultant Jessica Samet, MSW
Care Consultant Open
Care Consultant Taylor Lee, MSW
Community Outreach and
Volunteer Coordinator
Accounting Coordinator Denise Alexander-Helm
Operations Coordinator Betsy Townes
Office Manager Fran Foster
State Public Policy Director Carter Harrison

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Our history

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter was established in 1981 with the organization of a single family support group and became a Chapter of the National Alzheimer's Association in 1983. In its beginning, the Chapter was composed exclusively of dedicated volunteers. Over the years, the Chapter has grown to include three branch offices in Fredericksburg, Gloucester, andTri-Cities and a headquarters office in Richmond.

Tremendous Chapter growth occurred as awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the existence of local services grew. The number of support groups increased, helpline coverage expanded, safe return education was created, educational programs expanded, and public policy advocacy increased.

As the Greater Richmond Chapter continues to grow, it remains dedicated to research for the prevention, cure, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, education of professionals and the general public regarding the nature of the disease, and provision of support and assistance to those with the disease and their families. Our mission will continue to coincide with that of the national association through research, education, advocacy, and services to patients and families

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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.