My Name is Amy Noonan and I am 29 years old. I was born and raised in Decatur, IL where I attended Undergrad at Millikin University. I am currently the District Director of Marketing, Sales, and Engagement for Gardant Management Solutions. We are the largest provider of assisted living in the state of Illinois, and the 14th largest in the country. I love to spend my free time with my husband, Tom, and our fur baby Frank – a 4-year-old Yorkie Poo. When we aren’t at a basketball game (my husband coaches for varsity boys basketball), we are traveling, at a concert, or just spending time with family.
What led to your involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association?
I have been working directly with seniors and those struggling with dementia and Alzheimer’s for 4 years now. I worked at a Skilled Nursing Facility that specialized in Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This is when I got involved with the Alzheimer’s Association.
What are some of your responsibilities as a Decatur Walk Committee Member?
I have been a part of the Decatur Walk Committee for 4 Years. I am currently serving as the committee co-chair, but in the past I was either on the sub- committees or chair of Sponsorship & Marketing. I worked with our local sponsors and businesses as well as distributed marketing material. I would even do some of the interviews on the news and radio!
Why the Alzheimer’s Association?
Although I may not have a direct association with someone with Alzheimer’s – I feel as though I have over 100 Grandparents with what I do –as I am currently the District Director of Marketing for Gardant Management Solutions. I have created relationships with hundreds of seniors and their families – many who have suffered from this terrible disease.
Why should others volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association?
It is such a joy bringing so much awareness to this cause, and each year our walk keeps growing and growing. You never know who has been affected by Alzheimer’s. Don’t wait until you do have a personal connection, let’s stop it before it starts! We need more volunteers and financial support so we can fund the research to find a cure.