(Charlottesville, VA) February 26, 2014 � Four staff members from the Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Virginia chapter were invited to speak at the National Alzheimer�s Association Leadership Summit in New Orleans February 5 � 8. Mary Pat Hanson, Walk Director spoke about the fundraising successes Sigma Kappa chapters at Virginia Tech, James Madison University, the University of Virginia and Radford University have had, in part due to the chapter�s Champion Trophy Award Challenge.� She also spoke about other college organizations such as �Hoos for Memory� and �End Alz at VT� that have worked to raise awareness of the disease on college campuses engaging other college organizations, new Walk teams and volunteers.� Hanson also serves on the Walk Advisory Council, a national Alzheimer�s Association workgroup.
Ellen Phipps, vice president for Programs & Services was invited to speak on a panel about prioritizing chapter program resources and activities to meet chapter and national goals. Phipps also serves on the Alzheimer�s Association�s 2013-14�Public�Policy�Advisory Committee. Sue Friedman, president & CEO participated in the opening general session and serves on the National Mission Fund Advisory Council. Mary Sandridge, Communications Director, also accepted an award recognizing the chapter�s work with print, radio and TV stations to raise awareness in the chapter�s service area of 51 counties and cities.
Annette Clark, Family Services Director and Suzanne Cresswell, Development Manager also attended the Leadership Summit.� Annette Carter of Vinton attended as a Walk volunteer. About the Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter The Alzheimer�s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer�s research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer�s disease through the advancement of research, provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer�s. The Chapter serves 51 counties and cities including Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Danville, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg and Roanoke.