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The Alzheimer’s Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

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.

Financial Information

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 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter utilizes 80% of all funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.

Chapter Staff (alphabetical listing)

Click here for a list of office locations

Angela McAuley, Regional Leader - Florida
admcauley@alz.org 
14010 Roosevelt Blvd., #709
Clearwater, FL 33762-3862
Office: 727-578-2558 x 123
Fax: 727-578-2286

Julie Shatzer, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Vice President of Programs
jshatzer@alz.org
280 Patterson Rd., Suite 6
Haines City, FL 33844
Office: 863-292-9210
Fax: 863-292-9603

Robyn Liska
, Vice President of Development
rliska@alz.org
14010 Roosevelt Blvd., #709
Clearwater, FL 33762-3862
Office: 727-578-2558 x128
Fax: 727-578-2286

Kasia Castro, M.N.M., Statewide Grants Manager
kcastro@alz.org
280 Patterson Rd., Suite 6
Haines City, FL 33844
Office: 863-292-9210
Fax: 863-292-9603

Catherine Cruikshank, Ph.D., Regional Director of Education / Program Specialist
CCruikshank@alz.org
Sunshine Professional Center
9240 Bonita Beach Road, Suite # 1101
Bonita Beach, FL 34135
Office: 239-405-7008
Fax: 239-405-7038

Susie Dawe, Administrative Assistant
SDawe@alz.org
14010 Roosevelt Blvd., #709
Clearwater, FL 33762-3862
Office: 727-578-2558
Fax: 727-578-2286

Cyrena Duncan, M.A. Public Policy Manager
CDuncan@alz.org
14010 Roosevelt Blvd., #709
Clearwater, FL 33762-3862
Office: 727-578-2558 x 130
Fax: 727-578-2286

Sue Fox, Program Specialist
SFox@alz.org
3277A Fruitville Road, Suite 1
Sarasota, FL 34237
Office: 941-365-8883
Fax: 941-365-8885

Rob Harris, Memory Mobile
RHarris@alz.org
Sunshine Professional Center
9240 Bonita Beach Road Suite # 1101
Bonita Beach, FL 34135
Office: 239-405-7008
Fax: 239-405-7038

Lisa L. Kiddon, Development Manager
LiKiddon@alz.org
4010 Roosevelt Blvd Suite 709
Clearwater, FL 33762-3862
Office: 727-578-2558 x 121
Fax: 727-578-2286

Ann Lefcakis, Director Development
alefcakis@alz.org
Sunshine Professional Center
9240 Bonita Beach Road, Suite # 1101
Bonita Beach, FL 34135
Office: 239-405-7008
Fax: 239-405-7038

Kaylie Male, Constituent Events Manager
Pasco and Pinellas Walk to End Alzheimer's events 
KaMale@alz.org
4010 Roosevelt Blvd, Suite 709
Clearwater, FL 33762-3862
Office: 727-578-2558
Fax: 727-578-2286

Deann Marasco, Program Manager
dmarasco@alz.org
4010 Roosevelt Blvd, Suite 709
Clearwater, FL 33762-3862
Office: 727-578-2558 x 129
Fax: 727-578-2286

Emily Reese, Program Specialist
EReese@alz.org
Sunshine Professional Center
9240 Bonita Beach Road Suite # 1101
Bonita Beach, FL 34135
Office: 239-405-7008
Fax: 239-405-7038

Linda Resovsky, Receptionist
LResovsky@alz.org
14010 Roosevelt Blvd., #709
Clearwater, FL 33762-3862
Office: 727-578-2558 x132
Fax: 727-578-2286

Reva Revill,  Program Specialist
RRevill@alz.org
3277-A Fruitville Road, Suite 1
Sarasota, FL  34237
Office: 941-365-8883
Fax: 941-365-8885      

Summer Reyes, Director of Corporate Initiatives
SReyes@alz.org
3277-A Fruitville Road, Suite 1
Sarasota, FL  34237
Office: 941-365-8883
Fax: 941-365-8885

Rhonda Richardson, Development Logistics Manager
rrichardson@alz.org
14010 Roosevelt Blvd., #709
Clearwater, FL 33762-3862
Office: 727-578-2558 x132
Fax: 727-578-2286

Amy Schenk, Program Specialist
aschenk@alz.org
Sunshine Professional Center
9220 Bonita Beach Road, Suite # 1101
Bonita Beach, FL 34135
Office: 239-405-7008
Fax: 239-405-7038

Stefanie Thompson Wardlow, M.A., Director of Early Stage Programs/ Senior Program Specialist
SWardlow@alz.org
280 Patterson Rd., Suite 6
Haines City, FL 33844
Office: 863-292-9210
Fax: 863-292-9603

Amanda Wood, Program Specialist
ABrady@alz.org 
14010 Roosevelt Blvd., #709
Clearwater, FL 33762-3862
Office: 727-578-2558 x 137
Fax: 727-578-2286

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Volunteer Board of Directors – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Officers

Chair

Ronald Wheeler, St. Petersburg
Contact via the Clearwater Office
14010 Roosevelt Blvd. #709, Clearwater, FL 33762-3862

Angela McAuley, Staff Partner

Directors
 
Renee Agler, Tampa
Jany Coyle, LPN, EGD, Oldsmar
Tonya R. Cruise, COO, St. Petersburg  
Stuart Gaines, Fort Myers
Pamela R. Gaylor, St. Petersburg
Tracy Hayes, Tampa
Steve Olson, Tampa
Jackaline M.A. Shields, St. Petersburg
Lauren Silva, CFP®, CRPC®, CDFA, Tampa
Timothy Thompson, Sr., Clearwater
Maria Zabetakis, Tampa

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Our History

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 2016 there were 184,035 people 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 61 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 25 based out of four regional offices and a mobile classroom and office- the Memory Mobile that targets rural and inner city communities.

It is estimated that there are 507,808 people living with Alzheimer's disease in the State of Florida. That represents over 9% of the 5.7 million cases in the United States.

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Alzheimer's Association

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