Freda Lewis-Hall is the chief medical officer of Pfizer Inc. Trained as a psychiatrist, she has held leadership roles in academia, medical research, front-line patient care, and at global biopharmaceutical companies including Vertex, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly. Prior to her work in industry, she led research projects for the National Institutes of Health and was vice chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine.
Jill Lesser is an USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network Board member and a strategic policy consultant advising non-profit and corporate clients on media and communications policy issues, with a particular focus on consumer protection, child-safety, intellectual property rights and free expression. Jill is also the current Executive Director of The Center for Copyright Information. Jill’s mother has the disease.
Debra Lappin is recognized across government, academic and nonprofit sectors as a leading strategist in public health and science policy. She consults on innovative public-private partnerships, global consortia and other strategic alliances among academic research institutions, voluntary health agencies, government and industry. Calling upon her experiences as former national chair of Arthritis Foundation, Debra is a recognized national spokesperson on public engagement in the nation's public health and scientific enterprise.
Annie Kuster joined Congress in 2013 as the Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District. Prior to running for Congress, she was an attorney and nonprofit consultant from Hopkinton, New Hampshire. She led the development of the Susan McLane Memory Wellness Center in Concord, New Hampshire to support and serve the needs of patients with Alzheimer's and their caregivers and families.
Kathy Kendrick was General Counsel for DreamWorks for 14 years, and before that was Vice President-European Legal Affairs for The Walt Disney Company, based in Paris, France. Before moving to Paris, Kendrick served as a Director of Legal Affairs for The Walt Disney Studios, having segued to Disney from the law firm of Latham & Watkins.
Kate Edelman Johnson is a film and television producer and the daughter of the motion picture producer, Louis F. Edelman, and the widow of Deane F. Johnson, entertainment attorney and Managing Partner of O’Melveny & Meyers, who later became President of Warner Communication, Inc. and Time-Warner, Inc. Her husband died with Alzheimer’s.
Rita Hortenstine is a Governor Rick Perry appointee to the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and a national voice for Alzheimer’s disease research and caregiving. Rita serves on the Darrell K. Royal Research for Alzheimer’s Fund Board of Advisors and is the Co-Chair of the Fund's kick-off event. She is also a member of the steering committee for the Friends of Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center and is on the advisory board for the Center for Brain Health.
Phyllis E. Greenberger is the President and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC, is widely recognized as the thought leader in women’s health research. SWHR’s mission is to improve the health of all women through advocacy, education and research.
Jill Granader directs special projects and serves on the Board of Cambridge Information Group, a management and investment firm, focused on education, research and information services. Jill has maintained several roles in some of CIG’s companies including Director of Alumni Relations at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Associate General Counsel at CIG. Jill is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate. As part of CASA she is appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children.
Laurie Burrows Grad is a cookbook author, television chef, food journalist, and activist/fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. In the humanitarian arena, she is a highly regarded activist for the Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles. Twenty-one years ago, she created an annual, star-studded fundraising dinner, A Night at Sardi's, and has been the event's chairperson ever since along with her husband Peter Grad. Their work for Alzheimer's has helped to raise over twenty-one million dollars for much-needed research and assistance for those in need.