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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 a unit of the national Alzheimer's Association and is committed to carrying out the mission of the Association at the local level. It is registered in New York as a nonprofit corporation and led by a local advisory board of directors.

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.

Financial information

The Hudson Valley Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization (EIN 13-3039601). Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The chapter uses 75-80 percent of funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.

Our audited financial statements are available to you. If you would like a copy, please contact Senior Director, Finance Area Lead -- East Coast, Jennifer Scheuermann, at or 800.272.3900.

Annual report

2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report  
2012 Annual Report  
2011 Annual Report  
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report


Board of Directors: Hudson Valley Chapter


Barry Meiselman, Board Chair, ​Scarsdale

Stuart Alperin, Chair of Board Development Committee, Scarsdale​

Geri Brooks, Chair of the Program Committee, Nanuet 

Dozene Guishard, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, New Rochelle

Moira Laidlaw, Chair of Public Policy, Mount Kisco

Jamie O'Connell, Co-Chair of the Development Committee, Chappaqua

Christa Picciano-Daniello, Development Committee Co-Chair, Rye

Cindy Shmerler, Secretary, ​Pleasantville


Diane Aparisio (Emeritus),
White Plains
Sheila Chervin, Larchmont
Martin Greenberg, Mamaroneck
Neil Klar, Mount Kisco
Denise Kuhbier, Mahopac
Steve Libov, Purchase
Amy Shanus, Pleasantville


Click here for our staff directory
Management team:
David Sobel, President and CEO
Meg Boyce, Vice President of Programs & Services (Poughkeepsie)
Michele Muir, Vice President of Marketing and Development (Poughkeepsie)
Jody Addeo, Community Engagement Manager, Westchester and Rockland counties
Sue Bunce, Senior Director of Office and Volunteer Services
Joan Carl, Community Engagement Manager, Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster counties
Donna Davies,  Care Consultant: Orange and Sullivan, Senior Director of Programs and Services
Karen Finnegan, Manager, Rockland and Orange/Sullivan Walk to End Alzheimer's
Jessica Flores, Community Engagement Manager, Diversity Specialist
Erin Geller, Physician Outreach Manager
Beth Jabick, Director of Corporate Relations and Annual Giving
Elizabeth Johnson, Care Consultant: Dutchess/Ulster and Director of Client Assistance
Debra Kagan-Birkeland, Care Consultant: Rockland County, and Director of Caregiver Support Group Services
Teena Lewis, Manager, Office and Donor Services for Westchester/Putnam
Theresa Lopez, Community Engagement Manager, Diversity Specialist
Sara Magee, Grant Program Manager
Lisa Massarelli, Finance Manager
Lisa Mazzurco, Accounting Clerk

Margaret Miller, Helpline Manager
Maria Mursch, Care Consultant, Director of Family Services
Lisa Papatoniou, Director, Early Stage Services and Care Consultant
Nicolette Pezzulo, Office Manager, Rockland
Dugan Radwin, Communications Manager
Venesa Samuda, Walk Manager, Dutchess/Ulster and Putnam Walk to End Alzheimer's
Laura Slater, Westchester Walk Manager
Rachel Smith, Office Manager, Dutchess/Ulster, and Donor Services and Program Support
Janet Syvertsen, Senior Director, Community Engagement
Kellee Thelman, Office Services Coordinator
Mary Varano, Bookkeeper
Lauren Voorhees, Manager of The Longest Day and Special Events
Debbie Warburton, Director of Government Relations
Jonelle Ward, Community Engagement Manager, Diversity Specialist

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 of its founding, and opening an office at Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains in December 1981.  Much later, 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 group suggested getting connected to the National Alzheimer’s Association and got all the paperwork going. The Rockland County chapter was approved in 1984. The chapter initially occupied a small room at the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Care Center.

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 arrived at these decisions 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. With this growth have come vastly enhanced programs and services for the almost 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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