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At the Heart of America Chapter, our talented team shares a passion for helping individuals and families who are affected by Alzheimer’s. Our educational and career backgrounds vary: dedicated gerontologists, nurses, and master’s-level social workers work hand-in-hand with an exceptional group of communications, fundraising, special events, and administrative professionals.

Our common goal is to provide the support needed today as we work toward a better tomorrow – a world without Alzheimer’s. Why do we care so much? What led us to this organization? Find out, as we highlight members of our staff. This week, get to know:

Cassie Wilson, Special Events Coordinator

My journey with the Alzheimer’s Association began on a brisk Sunday morning in early October of 2010. I was a junior in high school with no idea where I would go to college or what career path I would pursue, but I did know I needed volunteer hours to maintain my place in the National Honors Society for the school year. That morning, I pulled myself out of bed bright and early (not a small feat for a teenager on a weekend!), bundled up, and headed to Corporate Woods with my mom to volunteer at the registration tent for the Kansas City Walk to End Alzheimer’s. At that point, I had no way of knowing the significance the Alzheimer’s Association would hold in my life in the near future.

Fast-forward four years, I was a junior at the University of Arkansas studying advertising and public relations. Once again, I found myself in a place where I was unsure about my future career path, and was hoping to find some clarity by gaining experience through a summer internship. I was given the opportunity to intern at the Alzheimer’s Association, specifically helping out with the 2015 Kansas City Walk to End Alzheimer’s. On a brisk Sunday morning in early October of 2015 at the registration tent at the Walk, I finally knew that I wanted to work in the nonprofit sector.

After graduation, I eagerly moved back to Kansas City and started my career as an Alzheimer’s Association special events coordinator. Working in development has helped me to grow creatively and strategically and working with such a dynamic and skilled peer group at the Association has helped me grow professionally. My favorite part of my job is the daily interactions I have with event participants. Every person who chooses to attend or fundraise for an Alzheimer’s Association event has a unique reason for doing so. It is humbling to hear these reasons and they motivate me to do my part to move the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association forward every day. 


Debra Brook, Executive Director

Lauren Larsen, Special Events Coordinator

Michelle Niedens LSCSW, Director of Education and Programs

Karen Clond, Dementia Care Specialist

Brenda Gregg, Dementia Care Specialist

Katherine Rivard, Manager - Community Outreach and Volunteer Engagement

Juliette B. Bradley, Director of Communications

Trish Weatherspoon, Outreach Coordinator, Diversity Outreach

Susan Wagner, Donations Processor

Scott Bradley, Director of Special Events










Alzheimer's Association

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.