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. Rita served on the National Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors and on the board of directors for the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is a key leader in the initiation of programs for persons with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, most notably the R.J. Roper Caregivers and Respite Program, which she founded in honor of her father.