Mary Lenard is co-founder of Giving Voice Initiative, a new organization designed to replicate community choruses for persons with Alzhiemer's and their care partners across the US. Her father passed away in 2009 after a 14-year journey with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. In addition to her role with Giving Voice Initiative, Mary is the CEO of Collaborative Strategies LLC. She recently served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging, a consortium of non-profit groups that advocate for older adults. Previously, Mary was the Director of Aging Programs at the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND Chapter for nearly nine years. Mary served on the Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group formed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2009, which led to a call to prepare Minnesota for the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and the creation of the ACT on Alzheimer’s collaborative.