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Our Work

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. We work on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. Through our partnerships and funded projects, we have been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years. The Association is also the leading voice for Alzheimer's disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer's research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level. We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. Read more about us here.

Since its founding in Menlo Park, Calif. in 1981 by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter has grown to include eleven offices across two states. We serve hundreds of families with our 24/7 helpline, offer one-on-one care consultations, maintain more than 150 support groups, mobilize thousands of volunteers in the cause, raised more than $14 million for our national research program in the latest fiscal year. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

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Our People

Executive staff

Elizabeth Edgerly, Ph.D., executive director
Elizabeth Edgerly joined the Association in 1995 and has served as executive director since 2016. In her previous role as chief program officer, Dr. Edgerly distinguished herself by creating a robust and multifaceted care and support organization with consistent growth. She established the chapter as a key partner within the scientific community, and founded the chapter’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, which comprises leading Alzheimer’s researchers from Stanford, UC San Francisco, and UC Davis, among others.

Dr. Edgerly also created innovative partnerships with local medical centers to enhance patient and caregiver services, most notably co-creating the Association’s partnership with California Pacific Medical Center’s Ray Dolby Brain Health Center. She also served on the Center for Disease Control’s task force to create the The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013–2018. Women Health Care Executives named Dr. Edgerly Woman of the Year in 2013 for her work on behalf of the more than 200,000 families facing dementia in Northern California.

Dagmar Schildwach, chief development officer
Dagmar Schildwach joined the Association in 2001 as a volunteer and has served as chief development officer since 2006. She oversees and leads the chapter’s fund development strategies, including events, corporate initiatives, foundation fundraising, donor services and intermediate gifts in addition to helping coordinate major gifts and planned giving efforts. Dagmar is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Chapter Board of Directors

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter is governed by a volunteer board of directors, which is responsible for planning, creating and implementing strategies and tactics in service to our mission.

Karen Stevenson, president
Howard Kirsch, vice president
Francie Newfield, secretary
Pat Baldridge
Andrew Dahlkemper
Michael Gallagher
Renee Gallagher
Anne Hinton
Geoffrey A. Kerchner, MD, PhD
Joan Kezic
Mark McDonald
Todd Morris
Lennart Mucke, MD, ex oficio
Peter Reed, PhD
Matthew R. Rhodes, CFA
Elizabeth Shih
Jeffrey Teng
Nancy Westcott
Elsie Wu
William H. Fisher, CEO 

Chapter medical and scientific advisory council

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter’s Medical Scientific Advisory Council plans the chapter’s annual Researchers Symposium and Young Researchers Awards. Members also advise and support the chapter in areas of research.

Lennart Mucke, MD, chair
Charles DeCarli, MD
Michael Greicius, MD
Victor Henderson, MD
Ladson Hinton, MD
William Jagust, MD
Frank Longo, MD, PhD
Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD
Kristine Yaffe, MD
Gil Rabinovici, MD
Kate Possin, PhD
Mike Weiner, MD
Yadong Huang, MD, PhD
Geoffrey A. Kerchner, MD, PhD
Elizabeth Edgerly, PhD, Chief Program Officer

Our guiding principles

Family Focus: We draw our mission and priorities from the experience of those touched by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
Excellence: We constantly improve the quality of our programs and services.
Growth: We pursue well-planned growth to better meet the needs of those touched by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
Diversity: We ensure all people in our highly diverse region access to our organization.
Leadership: We take a leadership role within our community and the Alzheimer's Association.
Collaboration: We practice open and supportive collaboration inside and outside our organization.
Financial Stewardship: We are fiscally responsible and resourceful.
Integrity: We maintain personal and professional integrity in all aspects of our work.

Use of funds

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter is a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. About 90 percent of our funding is thanks to the generous support of individual donors. Read our latest financial statements and learn more about how we raise money in support of our mission on our donation page



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.