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.
Dr. Jill Goldstein is a clinical neuroscientist, internationally-recognized expert on sex differences in the brain and the implications for understanding sex differences in neuropsychiatric disorders, including disorders of brain aging. Her program of research (Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory of Sex Differences in the Brain) consists of investigators integrating brain imaging with psychophysiology, neuroendocrinology, genetics, inflammatory factors, and collaborative efforts with animal investigators studying genes, hormones, and the brain.
Grace Frisone, a four-year veteran of the BrightFocus Foundation Board and current Chair, is a financial services executive with 30 years of experience in business development, strategy and e-commerce. She spent the bulk of her career with JP Morgan in New York and Milan where she developed business with Fortune 100 companies, banks and government agencies and high net worth individuals. From 2002 until 2006 she was the Director of Trust and Asset Management at Capital One Bank.
Phyllis Ferrell is currently the Global Brand Development and Product Team Leader for Alzheimer’s Disease in Lilly BioMedicines. Phyllis and her team are responsible for the late-stage development and global registration of Solanezumab and subsequent launch and commercialization. The team is also responsible for several other earlier stage assets targeted at treating patients and their caregivers that are battling Alzheimer’s.
Lynda Everman has spent most of her adult life as a caregiver, first for her dad who, in 1994, showed symptoms of vascular dementia, and then for her husband who was diagnosed w MCI in 1997 and passed away in 2012. In 2010 she stepped out from the shadows and silence of caregiving to join fellow advocate Kathy Siggins in a national campaign for a semi postal stamp to raise funds for Alzheimer's research.
Maddy Dychtwald is an author, speaker and Age Wave co-founder, and a leading expert on the changing demographic trends—both generation- and gender-related—shaping the marketplace, the workplace and our lives. Maddy has spent more than 25 years investigating and forecasting lifestyle and market trends of older adults and the 79 million baby boomers. Building on this knowledge, she has recently emerged as a renowned authority on the rising economic influence of women and their impact on industries from financial services and healthcare to consumer marketing.
Deborah Dingell is the President of D2 Strategies, and is Chair of the Manufacturing Initiative of the American Automotive Policy Council. She is an active civic and community leader in both Michigan and Washington, D.C. and is a recognized national advocate for women and children.
Meryl Comer was named President of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative in November 2007. Winner of the 2005 Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award and the 2007 Proxmire Award, Meryl has been the at-home caregiver for the past 16 years for her husband with early onset Alzheimer’s and more recently, for her mother with late stage dementia.
Dr. Coleman is an attending physician at Maine Medical Center’s Geriatric Assessment Clinic and Central Maine Medical Center’s Palliative Care Team. Dr. Coleman was a non-federal appointee to the National Alzheimer’s Project Act Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services. She is actively involved in the Alzheimer’s Association, both as a past president of the Maine Chapter and as a former member of the national Board of Directors. Currently, she is a Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM).
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, is committed to maximizing human cognitive potential across the entire human lifespan. Spearheaded by Dr.