The Alzheimer’s Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
The Alzheimer's Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The chapter uses 83% of all funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.
Gloria Smith, President & CEO
Chuck Albrecht, MBA, COO
Lisa Milne, Vice President of Programs
Katie Hood, Vice President of Development
Cindy Canales, Program Specialist
Pam Carey, Receptionist & Volunteer Coordinator
Catherine Cruikshank, PhD, Regional Director of Education / Program Specialist
Jerry Fisher, M.S.W., Program Specialist
Tiffany Kane, Development Project Manager
Peggy Macaluso, Director of Client Advocacy/Program Specialist
Craig Mayers, Development Fundraising Manager
Patty Owens, Accounting Specialist
Nancy Parente, Senior Bilingual Services Specialist
Emily Reese, Program Specialist
Linda Resovsky, Executive Assistant
Katie Scott, Program Specialist
Kim Schaub, Program Specialist
Stefanie Thompson, M.A., Director of Early Stage Programs/Program Specialist
Christopher Wilcox, Program Specialist
Paul Hasting, Sarasota
Brad Beatty, Winter Haven
Thomas Conklin, Esq., Sarasota
Aryn L. Harrison Bush, Ph.D., Lakeland
Jeffrey Dolden, Naples
David Gollins, Lutz
William Haley, Ph.D., Tampa
John Martinez, Tampa
Joe Raissi, MBA, St. Petersburg
Stephanie Shaw Pastor, Bradenton
Kim Spencer, Punta Gorda
Patricia Turner, R.N.B.A., Tampa
* Also a member of the National Alzheimer's Association's Board of Directors
The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter was founded in 1984, known then as the Tampa Bay Chapter it served Pinellas, Hillsborough and Polk counties. In 1999, the West Central Florida Chapter was merged with the Tampa Bay Chapter adding Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Sumter counties increasing the Chapter's service region to seven counties. In 2003, the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter and the Southwest Florida Chapters were merged into the Tampa Bay Chapter. These mergers added Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardy, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, and Sarasota counties to the Chapter's service region. With this expansion, the Tampa Bay Chapter changed its name to the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter to better reflect its comprehensive 17 county service region.
Within the 17 counties that comprise the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs estimates that in 2011 there were 172,229 people living with Alzheimer's disease and this number does not include the Snowbirds who reside in the region during the Winter months.
There are only eight states with higher incidence of Alzheimer's than that within our Chapter's service region. Nationally one in every 58 people of all ages has Alzheimer's disease. In the State of Florida it is one in every 41 people. In the areas served by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter 1 in every 33 people of all ages has Alzheimer's disease!
The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter meets the challenge of such overwhelming numbers through a dedicated staff of 25 based out of eight regional offices and our Memory Mobile - a mobile office that targets rural and inner city communities.
It is estimated that there are 459,806 people living with Alzheimer's disease in the State of Florida. That represents nearly 9% of the 5.2 M cases in the United States.