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Inspiring Champions 2011
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On February 29, 2012, the National Capital Chapter recognized its inaugural class of Inspiring Champions.  Learn more about these remarkable individuals.

 Rosemary Allender
 Lee Giannini
 Ilissa and Tim Belanger
 Bob Madigan
 Suzanne Carbone 
 Keri Ann Meslar
 Nethelyne Coleman
 Jack St.Clair
 Agnes Collins
 Vicki Surash
 Bob Comeau
 Holly Walker

Photographs courtesy of Jessica Inman

Rosemary Allendar with Dr. Victoria Crenshaw, former Chapter Vice President, Programs and Services
Rosemary Allender
Exemplary volunteerism in Prince George’s County

Rosemary has been a Chapter support group leader for more than 10 years, a long-time speaker’s bureau volunteer, and is our voice in Prince George’s County. As a geriatric care manager, she brings our services to her clients quickly and always encourages them to contact the Chapter when we can help.


Tim and Ilissa Belanger with Susan Kudla Finn, Chapter President and CEO

Ilissa and Tim Belanger
Outstanding leadership for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Both Ilissa and Tim served as caregivers for parents with Alzheimer’s, and they have dedicated countless hours to volunteering for the Chapter. Tim joined the Board of Directors in 2010. Ilissa served as the 2011 co-chair for the Northern Virginia Walk, with Tim as her first draft pick to help every step of the way! They spent many Saturdays staffing tables outside grocery stores to solicit donations and promote the Walks. Ilissa also served on the committee for the D.C. Walk. Tim was co-captain of the board walk team in addition to his many other board responsibilities.


Suzanne Carbone with Ian Kremer, former Chapter Director, Advocacy and Outreeach

Suzanne Carbone
Extraordinary dedication to Alzheimer’s advocacy

After losing her husband to Alzheimer’s a few years ago, Suzanne has become one of our staunchest advocates, recently becoming our Alzheimer Ambassador to Congressman Chris Van Hollen. She was also recently named by the Governor to the Maryland Alzheimer’s Commission. She has also served on the D.C. Walk committee and spoken eloquently at public events about her experience as a caregiver.


Nethelyne Coleman with Susan Cherney, Chapter Vice President, Development

Nethelyne Coleman
Outstanding Team Captain leadership for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Nethelyn has been among the top team captains for the D.C. Walk for the past two years, leading Team Ernestine’s Steppers in honor of her mother who had Alzheimer’s. Her energy and enthusiasm to make a difference are infectious for she has rallied her family, friends, and community to participate in the movement to end Alzheimer’s.

Agnes Collins with Dr. Victoria Crenshaw, former Chapter Vice President, Programs and Services

Agnes Collins
Untiring support group leader, mentor, and speaker

Agnes has led several support groups in the past 10 years, currently leading one in Montgomery County, and has been a mentor for other group leaders. She has also been a speaker’s bureau volunteer and has worked at health fairs and other events. She is extremely knowledgeable and brings her direct care experience as well as her skills as a social worker to every presentation and interaction.


Bob Comeau with Susan Kudla Finn, Chapter President and CEO

Robert Comeau
Extraordinary leadership, commitment and inspiration

Bob served on the board from 2007 to 2012, and was board chair for the last four years. A principal with Deloitte, he brought an expert team of Deloitte consultants to provide pro-bono counsel to advise the Chapter on best practices for strategic budget growth. A skilled amateur guitarist, Bob leads a band called the Green Dots, a Deloitte team of musicians who generously performed for the 2010 and 2011 D.C. Walks.


Lee Giannini
Outstanding volunteerism in Southern Maryland

Lee has served as a speaker and trainer in Southern Maryland for more than five years, and has served on the Dementia Care Conference Planning committee. Our voice in Southern Maryland, she is a very knowledgeable nurse who brings her direct care experience to everything she does.


Bob Madigan with Susan Kudla Finn, Chapter President and CEO


Bob Madigan
Distinguished work in promoting Alzheimer’s awareness

WTOP’s “Man About Town,” Bob Madigan has been a friend of the Alzheimer’s Association for years, serving as emcee for many of our Washington Monuments Luncheons, Walks, and other special events. He voluntarily shares information about Alzheimer’s, our services, and events on air, which affords much-needed publicity for Alzheimer’s awareness. In 2011, he served as emcee for Walk to End Alzheimer's in both Southern Maryland and Washington, DC.


Keri Ann Meslar with Susan Cherney, Chapter Vice President, Development

Keri Ann Meslar
Outstanding leadership for Blondes vs. Brunettes

Keri Ann was the 2011 chair for the Blondes vs. Brunettes powder puff football event, raised over $123,000 for the Chapter that year. Keri Ann has been among the top BvB individual fundraisers in recent years. Her grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s inspires her to raise funds and awareness for our cause.

  Jack St.Clair
Outstanding leadership for the Prince William County Walk

Jack has served on the Prince William County Walk Committee since its inception, and has been the committee chair for the past two years. With his wife Jacqueline, Jack co-owns Home Instead Senior Care of Prince William and Fauquier Counties, a company that has been a strong supporter and sponsor of the Walk, and presents its own charitable activities for seniors in the communities they serve.


Vicki Surash with Dr. Victoria Crenshaw, former Chapter Vice President, Programs and Services

Vicki Surash
Exemplary commitment to volunteerism for the Chapter
A speaker’s bureau volunteer for more than five years, Vicky is always willing to step in at the last minute, and will travel anywhere throughout our large territory. She is a gifted presenter who brings to her volunteer work her experiences as a caregiver to her father, who last December passed away from Dementia with Lewy bodies.

Holly Walker with Ian Kremer, former Chapter Director, Advocacy and Outreeach

Holly Walker
Distinguished work in promoting Alzheimer’s awareness

Holly lost her grandmother to Alzheimer's, and her mother is now living with the disease. She has been among the top fundraisers and has served on committees for both the Northern Virginia and D.C. Walks. For the past two years, Holly has poignantly spoken about her family’s experience with Alzheimer’s during the Candlelight Rally at the Northern Virginia Walk. Along with Chapter President Susan Finn, Holly was recently featured in a news story reported by Greta Kreuz for ABC7. 



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