Mary O’Connor has held numerous leadership positions in the public domain. Most recently, Mary was the Director of Outreach at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, DC. Her previous positions included serving as President of ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation, a national organization of over 1600 women who fund U.S.
Helen Matheny is Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Outreach Program at Blanchett Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute. The aim of the program is to provide physicians with training and tools to improve screening, diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Sylvia Mackey successfully advocated for the creation of the “88 Plan” to provide financial support to the families of former NFL players to pay for care expenses related to dementia. She is on the Board of Directors, Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration and the widow of Baltimore Colt’s star John Mackey.
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.