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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 2015 Illinois Alzheimer's Statistics fact sheet.  

Our Impact
Care Navigation
Education Programs
Support Groups
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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

FY14 Annual Report  (PDF)

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
Janis Tratnik
 Jan Tratnik Consulting

Vice Chair
 Mary Wasik
 Attorney, Partner
 Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

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

Sheri Supena
 Community Volunteer

John Anderson
    Community Volunteer
Paul Caponigri, MBA, CPA
    Chief Financial Officer
    Diversified CPC Int’l
Jennifer Convery
    Group President, North America
    Griffith Laboratories
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

Brad Moore
   Vice President, Corporate Development
Robert Noonan
   Charity Director
   Chicago Parrot Heads Club
Kerry Peck
   Attorney, Managing Partner
   Peck Bloom, LLC
Scott Perry
   Chief Business Officer
   CNO Financial Group, Inc.
Victoria Raymont
    Strategic Solutions Group, Inc.
Raj Shah
    Assist. Professor, Family Medicine & Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
    Medical Director, Rush Memory Clinic 
James Werner
    Senior Vice President, Internal Audit
   Hyatt Hotels Corporation Chicago

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

Corporate Advisory Council (CAC)
Tony Abruscato*
   Flower Show Productions, Inc.
Brian Kearns*
   Financial Advisor
   Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Jennifer Keeney*
   Director of Human Resources
   True Partners Consulting LLC
Jeanette Palmer*
   Right at home
Jim Vaselopulos*
   PSC Group, LLC
Veteran Advisory Council (VAC)
Troy Harden *
   Executive Director
   Multi-Faith Veteran Project
Paul Knudtson *
   Director of Armed Services Relations
   National Louis University
David Rodgers *
   Coalition of Veterans Organizations
Meosha Thomas *
   Executive Director
   One Savvy Veteran
Melvin Thompson
   Executive Director
   Endelio Institute

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, Chair
  Community Volunteer
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, PhD *
   Assistant Professor
   Mennonite College of Nursing—ISU
Tom Ala, MD *
   Interim Director
   Center for Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders
Concetta Forchetti, MD *
   Medical Director 
   Alexian Brothers Memory Disorder Center
Changiz Geula, PhD *
   Director, Laboratory for Cognitive & Molecular Morphometry
   Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer’s Disease Center
   Northwestern University
Joseph Harrington
   Regional Health Officer
   Illinois Dept. of Public Health
Vincent D. Keenan, CAE. *
   Executive Vice President
   Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
Melissa Lamar, PhD *
   Director of Cognitive Aging and Vascular Health
James A. Mastrianni, MD, PhD *
   Director of the Center for Comprehensive Care & Research on Memory Disorders
Jeanete Reyes-Cordero *
   Former Sr. Therapeutic Specialty Rep.
   Community Relations Specialist, Consumer Markets
   Blue Cross blue Shield of Illinois
Terrianne Reynolds, MPH
   Director of Medical and Research Activities
   Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter
William Rhoades, MD *
   Chair of Medicine, Advocate
   Lutheran General Hospital
Raj Shah, Board Liaison
   Medical Director, Rush Memory Clinic
   Rush University Medical 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, 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

Executive Assistant to the CEO
Sherron Farrell

Chapter staff by location

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