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 78% 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
Cyrena Duncan, Program Specialist
Jerry Fisher, M.S.W., Program Specialist
Tiffany Kane, Development Logistics Manager
Erin Killian, Program Specialist
Craig Mayers, Community Development Coordinator
Patty Owens, Accounting Specialist
Nancy Parente, Senior Bilingual Services Specialist
Emily Reese, Program Specialist
Linda Resovsky, Executive Assistant
Summer Reyes, Community Development Coordinator
Kim Schaub, Program Specialist
Stefanie Thompson, M.A., Director of Early Stage Programs/Program Specialist
Christopher Wilcox, Program Specialist
Paul Hasting, Sarasota
Aryn L. Harrison Bush, Ph.D., Lakeland
Paul Charlesworth, Sarasota
Thomas Conklin, Esq., Sarasota
Stuart Gaines, Ft. Myers
William Haley, Ph.D., Tampa
Charlotte Howard, Brandon
Lane Kent, Clearwater
Susan M. Naselli, M.D., Ft. Myers
Gail Neuharth, Naples
Jason Penrod, Esq., Lake Wales
Joe Raissi, MBA, St. Petersburg
Stephanie Shaw Pastor, Bradenton
Abida Thaer, M.D., Clearwtaer
Patricia Turner, R.N.B.A., Tampa
Ron Wheeler, St. Petersburg
* 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 2014 there were 175,902people living with Alzheimer's disease. 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 60 people of all ages has Alzheimer's disease. In the State of Florida it is one in every 40 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 24 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 485,000people living with Alzheimer's disease in the State of Florida. That represents nearly 9% of the 5.2 M cases in the United States.