Maurita lives in Lexington, KY and is a Member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. She has volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Association since 2010.
In what way do you volunteer?
Through a co-worker at my former law firm, Liz Polly, I became involved in the Lexington Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 2010 shortly after my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Liz and I co-chaired the Lexington Walk for two years and I am still involved with the Walk. Steptoe is a sponsor of this year’s event. I joined the Board of Director’s for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter in January 2012, two weeks after my mom passed away from the disease, and now I am the incoming Chair of the Board.
Why do you support the Association?
I am involved with the organization to honor the memory of my mom, Genevieve. My family’s journey with her through Alzheimer’s was incredibly painful. She was a role model for my sister and me working full-time while raising four kids. It still makes me sad that she is not here to share in the joys of my family; like my one son graduating from college with honors in May or my younger son playing high school soccer. My husband, Joe, says he misses her because she was the only one who laughed at his corny jokes. The Alzheimer’s Association does tremendous work in making families not feel alone with this disease.
What impact do you feel your work with the Alzheimer’s Association has on the community?
As an attorney, I am not shy about public speaking and have been willing to speak about my family’s experience with Alzheimer’s.
What else are you involved in within your community?
I am a current board member for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington and the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass. I am also the treasurer of the board that manages the house at the University of Kentucky for my college sorority, Phi Mu. Service to others was always stressed by my mom.
Why would you encourage others to support the Association?
The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of programs and services to individuals and their families experiencing this disease that are invaluable. I would encourage everyone to check out what they offer online.