Meet Some of Our Star Volunteers
There is always more work to do than hands to do it. The staff at the Chapter simply couldn't do our jobs well without our volunteers. The people you'll meet on this page play critical roles in the success of our day-to-day office operations as well as in our Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Teresa Valko started helping the Chapter in December 2011. Everyone in her mother's side of the family has died from Alzheimer's disease, so she knows how critical this health care issue is. Teresa began participating in the Thousand Oaks Walk to End Alzheimer's in 2011 and has been involved ever since. Teresa now serves on the Alzheimer's Association California Central Chapter Board of Directors, and also works as an advocate on behalf of the Association. Teresa recently shared her story with StoryCorps, which was broadcast on NPR. To read more about Teresa's involvement as an advocate in the Ambassador Program, click here.
George Ramirez, has been a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association in our Ventura County office since 2006, after he retired from working for the Defense Department. He helps with a variety of tasks and can always be depended upon to do great work. "The best part of being a volunteer at the Alzheimer's Association is being a member of a close-knit team of people who are all pulling in the same direction," he says. We are very lucky to have George working with us.
Tony Joudi has been volunteering in our Ventura County office since August 2011. He works on spreadsheets, data entry, answers phones and helps with the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Tony is a pre-med student and will be entering medical school in August 2012. He is also an intern for Dr. James Sutton at Pacific Neuroscience.
CJ Almaraz types, copies and helps with other office jobs in Ventura County, and has been with us since March 2012. Both of her grandmothers suffer with Alzheimer's disease, and she wanted to volunteer so she could learn more about it.
Ana "Annie" Almaraz, a volunteer in our Ventura County office, started working with us in March 2012. Her mother and her mother-in-law both have Alzheimer's disease. She first came into the office for a care consultation and then decided to help by becoming a volunteer.
Gabrielle Casey's grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 10 years ago when Gabrielle was just 6 years old. Gabrielle wanted to learn more about the disease, so she began volunteering in our Ventura County office in March 2012. She types, makes copies, answers the phones and does other clerical work for us.
Christine Le graduate from UC Irvine with a bachelor's degree in public health. She began volunteering with the chapter in 2011 because after dedicating her time at a memory care facility as a college student, she saw the need. She helps in the office and assists with Advocacy and the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Maureen Kamino began volunteering for us in October 2010. She has aging parents in whom she sees signs of dementia. Wanted to help us provide our services, she answers phones and does other clerical work for us.