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The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter provides support and assistance to the communities of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties in New York. The chapter is part of of the national Alzheimer's Association and is committed to carrying out the association's mission at the local level. It is registered in New York as a nonprofit corporation and led by a local advisory board of directors.

Office locations
Board of Directors - officers
Board of Directors - directors
Staff - Management Team​
Staff - Staff list
Our history

Our office locations

The Hudson Valley Chapter has offices in Poughkeepsie and Purchase. We also have staff serving Orange, Sullivan and Rockland Counties, although we do not have offices there.
Dutchess/Ulster/Orange/Putnam/Sullivan Regional Office
2649 South Road, Suite 101, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Westchester/Rockland Regional Office
2900 Westchester Ave., Suite 306
Purchase, NY 10577-2551

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Facebook: @ALZHudsonvalley
Twitter: @EndAlz_HV
Instagram: @alzassociationhv
Facebook en Espanol: @hudsonvalleyespanol
Twitter en Espanol: @AsociacionDeAlz​
Instagram en Espanol: @hvespanol

Board of Directors: Hudson Valley Chapter


Dozene Guishard, Ed.D., Board Chair, Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Commitee New Rochelle
Stuart Alperin, Chair of Board Development Committee, Greenwich, CT
Geri Brooks, First Vice Chair and Chair, Care & Support Committee
Moira Laidlaw, Chair, Public Policy, Mount Kisco
Cindy Shmerler, Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee, ​Pleasantville


James Alperin, New Rochelle
Andrea Brown, Bronx
Martin Greenberg, Mamaroneck
Denise Kuhbier, Mahopac
Jamie O'Connell, Chappaqua
Christa Picciano-Daniello, Rye
Whit Rawlinson, Yorktown Heights
Abby Salzman, Scarsdale
Amy Shanus, Pleasantville
Dr. Joe Verghese, Pound Ridge


Click here for a staff directory with contact information. 
Management team:
David Sobel, Executive Director
Meg Boyce, Vice President of Programs & Services 
Donna Davies, Care Consultant: Orange and Sullivan, Senior Director of Programs and Services
Janet Syvertsen, Senior Director, Community Engagement

Jody Addeo, Community Engagement Manager, Westchester and Rockland counties
Theresa Aguilera, Community Engagement Manager, Diversity Specialist
Joan Carl, Community Engagement Manager, Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster counties
Tara DeLuca, Care Consultant, Director of Client Assistance
Tina Eckert, Walk Manager, Dutchess/Ulster and Putnam counties
Jessica Flores, Community Engagement Manager, Diversity Specialist
Eileen Hendriksen, Care Consultant & Director of Early Stage Services
Debra Kagan-Birkeland, Care Consultant: Rockland County, and Director of Caregiver Support Group Services
Lisa Kaurich, Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Erin Lynch, Physician Outreach Manager
Sara Magee, Grant Program Manager
Renita Malone, Program Assistant
Kyle Marin, Office Manager, Purchase Office
Esther McCarthy, Westchester Walk Director
Margaret Miller, Care Consultant, Director of Helpline Services
Joan Nimmo, Care Consultant, Westchester County
Nicolette Pezzulo, Office Manager, Rockland
Dugan Radwin, Communications Manager
Stacey Rosenbluth, Care Consultant and Director of Family Education
Kellee Thelman, Office Manager, Orange/Sullivan Walk Manager
Mary Varano, Bookkeeper
Lauren Voorhees, Manager of the Rockland Walk to End Alzheimer's,The Longest Day and Subzero Heroes
Debbie Warburton, Director of Government Relations

Our history

In the late 1970s and 1980s, a number of local caregiver support groups sprang up as a result of partnerships between family caregivers and human service professionals. Several of these grassroots organizations later applied to become affiliates of the national Alzheimer’s Association.

A group in Westchester was first, joining the national organization in late 1980, the year it was founded, and opening an office at Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains in December 1981. In 1997, the chapter took on responsibility for serving Putnam County, where a small chapter had previously existed; a point of service was opened in space donated by United Cerebral Palsy in 2001.

A chapter in Rockland County was founded when one of the members of the county’s first
Alzheimer’s support groups suggested getting connected to the National Alzheimer’s Association. The Rockland County chapter was approved in 1984. 

The Mid-Hudson Chapter, serving Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties, was founded in 1986 when the facilitator of an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group at the Dutchess County Office for the Aging urged the group to affiliate with the National Alzheimer’s Association. The chapter set up an office in a room donated by the Office for the Aging in 1991.  

The Sullivan Chapter also resulted from the joint efforts of family caregivers and professionals. A member of a support group held at Catskill Regional Medical Center worked with the support group leader and other family caregivers to form a Sullivan County Alzheimer’s Committee — and, in 1992, a chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. 
An office in Monticello served families from 1996 to 1999, when the group joined forces with the Mid-Hudson Chapter and opened a larger office in Middletown to serve families in both Sullivan and Orange.

The Rockland and Mid-Hudson Chapters subsequently voted to merge in 2000, and the Mid-Hudson and Westchester/Putnam Chapters followed suit, leading to the creation of the Hudson Valley Chapter in 2002. The chapter boards decided to realign because they believed a single chapter would enable them to provide more and better patient and family services, to reach more families in their local areas and raise more revenue to support their mission. 

Today, the Hudson Valley Chapter is an organization supporting thousands of families throughout Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties. This growth has brought vastly enhanced programs and services for the 40,000 individuals in our seven counties who have Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, their families and health care professionals.

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