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The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carbondale, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford and Springfield. Since 1980, the Chapter has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. Today, the Greater Illinois Chapter serves the more than a half million Illinois residents affected by Alzheimer’s disease throughout our chapter area, including 210,000 people with the disease.

Our mission
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Our vision
A world without Alzheimer's disease.

Print a two page flyer about the Greater Illinois Chapter - click to download 

Download a copy of the 2014 Illinois Alzheimer's Statistics fact sheet.  

Our Impact
Care Navigation
Education Programs
Support Groups
Walk to End Alzheimer's

Financial information

The Greater Illinois 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 75% of all funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.

Chapter Audited Financial Statement
To view the most recent audited financial statements for the Chapter, click below.

Year ending June 30, 2014 
Year ending June 30, 2013   
Year ending June 30, 2012
Year ending June 30, 2011

The Greater Illinois Chapter has chosen to be included in the Alzheimer’s Association’s IRS 990 Group Tax Return, and did not file a separate return. Click here to display the National Alzheimer’s Association IRS 990 Group Tax Returns.

Annual report

FY13 Annual Report  (PDF)

FY12 Annual Report  (PDF)

FY11 Annual Report  (PDF)

FY10 Annual Report  (PDF)

Strategic plan

The Alzheimer's Association's nationwide strategic plan sets the pace for significant growth in delivering our mission across the country. The Greater Illinois Chapter strives to implement all strategies for growth outlined in the strategic plan within the Chapter territory.

Read the FY 2015 to FY2017 nationwide strategic plan  (PDF)

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Board of directors – Greater Illinois Chapter

Board of Directors


Board Chair
Scott Perry
  Chief Business Officer
    CNO Financial Group, Inc.

Vice Chair
Janis Tratnik
   Jan Tratnik Consulting

Mathias E. Brown, MBA, FMLA
  Sr. Director & Assistant Secretary, Product Approval & Compliance
  CNO Financial Group
  Bankers Life and Casualty Company

Mary Wasik
  Attorney, Partner
     Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

John Anderson
  Former Sr. Director Executive Compensation
  USG Corporation
Paul Caponigri, MBA, CPA
  Chief Financial Officer
  Diversified CPC Int’l
Michael Duffy
  Baker & McKenzie LLP
Karen Greenbaum
  President & CEO
  The Association of Executive Search Consultants
Joseph Harrington
  Regional Health Officer
  Illinois Dept. of Public Health
Reagan Hogerty
 Senior Vice President
 Jordan Industries Int’l, LLC
Daneen Jachino
  Former Mergers/Acquisitions Clearance Director
  Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Shelia McClendon
  Former Director 
Brad Moore
  Vice President, Corporate Development
Robert Noonan
  Charity Director 
  Chicago Parrot Head Club
Kerry Peck
  Attorney, Managing Partner
  Peck Bloom, LLC
Victoria Raymont
  Strategic Solutions Group, Inc.
Raj Shah
  Assist. Professor, Family Medicine & Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
  Medical Director, Rush Memory Clinic 
Sheri Supena
  Former Associate Director, Information Systems
  Kraft Foods

Non-Board Volunteers  Serving on Board Committees

Audit Committee
Stephen Mack
   Community Volunteer

Finance Committee
Michael McCabe
  Vice President, Investment Advisor
   WNA Wealth Advisors, Inc.

Advisory Committees

* Non-Board member

Diversity & Inclusion
Paula Basta *
  Regional Director, Northeast (Levy) Senior Center
  Chicago Dept. of Family & Support Services
Marta Pereyra *
  Executive Director
  Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly
Beverly Rogers
  Family Caregiver
Maria Sanchez *
  Sr. Supervisor, Legal Recovery
  Commonwealth Edison
Mi Young Seo, LCSW
  Community Social Worker
  Korean American Community Services
Craig Sonnenberg *
  Community Volunteer
Marcia Trawinski*
  Disability Rights Activist

Fund Raising
Michael Duffy
Robert Noonan
Vicki Raymont
Geoffrey Richards*

The Illinois Chapter Network (ICN)
Beth Coulson *
  Community volunteer
Cathy Edge *
  Community volunteer
Stuart Gaines *
  Community Care Alternatives
Jason Gowin *
  Gowin Parc
Joseph Harrington
  Regional Health Officer
  Illinois Dept. of Public Health
Daneen Jachino
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Brandy Levin *
  Corporate Public Policy Analyst
  State Farm Insurance
Stephen Mack *
  Community Volunteer
Kerry Peck
  Managing Partner
  Peck Bloom, LLC

Medical & Scientific
Charlene Aaron, RN, MSN *
  Project Coordinator—Expanding Teaching
    Nursing Home Project
  Mennonite College of Nursing
  Illinois State University
Tom Ala *
  Associate Professor, Dept. of Neurology
  Center for Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders
  Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Concetta Forchetti, MD *
  Alexian Brothers Neuroscience Institute
Changiz Geula, PhD *
  Professor of Neuroscience
  Director, Laboratory for Cognitive & Molecular Morphometry
  Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer’s Disease Center
  Northwestern University
  Feinberg School of Medicine
Vincent D. Keenan, C.A.E. *
  Executive Vice President
  Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
Diane Kuehnlenz MS, APN, CCNS, CWOCN *
  Geriatric APN
  Advocate Health Systems
Jeanet Reyes-Cordero *
  Former Sr. Therapeutic Specialty Rep.
J. Mark Ruscin, Pharm.D, BCPS *
  SIU, Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
Raj Shah
  Assist. Professor, Family Medicine & Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
  Medical Director, Rush Memory Clinic
M. Van Der Leden, MD, PhD *
  Medical Director
  Chicago Research Center
Cheryl Woodson*
  Woodson Center

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Administrative staff

President & CEO
Erna Colborn 

Chief Development Officer
Lisa Lee

Chief Financial Officer
Janet Devlin

Vice President, Communications
Nancy Rainwater

Vice President, Community Engagement
Anibal Vega

Vice President, Corporate Engagement
Steve Schapiro

Chief Program Officer
Melanie Chavin

Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy
Jennifer Belkov

Director, Diversity Initiatives
Beverly Kimmons  

Director, Education & Outreach
Melanie Adams

Director, E-Strategy 
Salvador Bayron

Director, Finance
Maggie Kocol

Director, Helpline and Support Services
Melissa Tucker

Director, Medical and Research Activities
Terrianne Reynolds

Director, Volunteers
Louie Iovane

Manager, President’s Office
Cindy Marsden

Chapter staff by location

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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.