Our Team

Our team is united in our commitment to stop Alzheimer’s by 2020. We are a group of professionals with diverse backgrounds and experience including healthcare, advocacy, communications, education, finance, technology, and operations. View our Board

Our Staff

Sally Sachar
Chief Operating Officer

As USAgainstAlzheimer's first COO, Sally oversees and coordinates the organization's programs and financial operations. She has nearly three decades of experience leading organizations focused on many areas of social policy, including healthcare, job training and workforce development, teen pregnancy prevention and K-12 school reform. Prior to joining USAgainstAlzheimer’s, Sally was the founding Executive Director of a start-up organization, DC Children First, and previously was President and CEO of the Washington Scholarship Fund. Sally also was Deputy Director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and served as a political appointee at the U.S. Labor Department, including as the Deputy Chief of Staff and the Associate Assistant Secretary for Policy. She has also worked at the National Governors Association, the Massachusetts Department of Employment and Training and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as Assistant Director of the two-year degree programs. With an M.B.A. with highest honors from Boston University (and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest scholastic honor a student in business can attain) and executive education in social enterprise from Harvard Business School, Sally’s leadership has been described in "Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector" published by Sage Publications, and in the Bridgespan Group publication "Answering the Hard Question: What Difference Are We Making?" Sally also has a B.A. with honors in political science from Colgate University.

Allison Signorelli
Chief Development Officer

Allison oversees USAgainstAlzheimer’s comprehensive fundraising program securing contributed income from individuals, corporations, foundations and through events to support the mission of the organization. Allison has 15 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and event planning working with arts, news, health care and human service organizations. Most recently, she served as development consultant to nonprofits including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, E.L. Haynes Charter School and Global Health Corps. Allison was an original team member and the Director of Annual Giving at the Trust for the National Mall, a $700 million private-public partnership to restore the National Mall. She served as Gala Director at The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art. Prior to her freelance career, Allison served as the Major Gifts and Events Manager for National Public Radio (NPR) and began her career in the development department of Lyric Opera of Chicago where she served as the Special Events Manager. Allison graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a Bachelor of Music. 

Virginia Biggar
Associate Director

Ginny manages the ActivistsAgainstAlzheimer's Network as well as story sharing and video programs. Ginny brings 20 years of media and communications experience as a writer, reporter and filmmaker to the USAgainstAlzheimer’s campaign. Ginny most recently wrote and produced the film "Sweater Queen: May Gruber and the Rise of Pandora Industries," about 100-year-old May Gruber, one of the most successful businesswomen of her generation. Prior to that, she worked for National Public Radio as a reporter in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. covering a wide range of issues, including the Clinton impeachment trial, labor issues, welfare reform, and the O.J. Simpson civil trial. Ginny also wrote a history of one of the oldest girls' camps in the country called "Its Hats Off to Alford Lake!" She graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut with a B.A. in History.

Rita Cook
Finance Director

Rita is the staff leader of the USAgainstAlzheimer’s and USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network’s financial team and the owner and principal of PRI, a small accounting firm providing accounting and financial support to principally nonprofit organizations. Her career has been split between accounting and financial recruiting. She was an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co, moved on to be the Chief Financial Officer of a venture capital real estate firm and then spent eleven years as a Financial Recruiter. Currently, with her staff of four, Rita provides financial support to fifteen nonprofit organizations. Her unique background has been beneficial to organizations needing assistance in both financial and operational management. Rita earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland in 1976 and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Maggie Hartung
Finance Associate

Maggie manages the daily accounting and finance functions of USAgainstAlzheimer's and USAgainstAlzheimer's Network as a consultant for PRI. Previously, Maggie managed financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting for a Fortune 500 company and has provided financial consulting for healthcare providers and commercial lenders. Maggie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Loyola College in 1997, aa M.B.A. from the University of Maryland in 2006 and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jennifer Molinoff
Associate Director

Jennifer manages digital media for the USA2 family of organizations and also directs the WomenAgainstAlzheimer's Network. Jennifer brings 20 years of experience from the private and public sectors to USAgainstAlzheimer's. Jennifer started her career in technology consulting where she managed client relationships for networking and application development projects. She then left the private sector to develop a career in education. After earning her teaching credentials, Jennifer taught at the secondary level at both public and private schools and then transitioned to a focus on educational policy. She has worked with a wide range of educational institutions and non-profit organizations to conduct research and analyze data and policies to recommend strategic and programmatic improvements. Jennifer has an Masters in Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a B.A. in History.

Stephanie Monroe
Associate Director

Stephanie is the director of AfricanAmericanNetworkAgainstAlzheimer’s. Stephanie is an attorney with three decades of federal public policy experience, having served most recently as the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights from 2005-2009. Prior to serving in the Executive Branch, Stephanie held a number of key staff positions in the United States Congress, including Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, as well as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. She is widely regarded as a veteran political strategist with demonstrated experience and effectiveness in working collaboratively with members of both political parties. With a particular emphasis of domestic policy issues involving health, education, child welfare, individual empowerment and community services, Stephanie helped develop and navigate dozens of bills from policy inception to legislative enactment.

Elizabeth Plant
Associate Director

Elizabeth manages the ResearchersAgainstAlzheimer's Network, the Alzheimer's Talks teleconference series, coordinates electronic actions associated with our mobilization campaign, and manages a variety of other areas, including supporting the Board of Directors, and providing ongoing operational support to the COO. Elizabeth has held senior positions at education non-profits in the District of Columbia. She served as Deputy Director of DC Children First and previously was the Senior Director, Program, Legislative Affairs and Education Policy of the Washington Scholarship Fund (WSF). While at WSF, she oversaw the implementation of two scholarship programs that provided over $13 million in scholarships annually to approximately 2,400 children in K-12 to each attend the school of their choice. Elizabeth has a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and graduated Cum Laude from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Public Policy and Psychology.

Our Consulting Partners

FaegreBD Consulting

Debra Lappin, Principal, and Nick Manetto, Vice President, of FaegreBD Consulting provide expert counsel on matters relating to government relations, health and science policy, public- private partnerships and strategic alliances. FaegreBD represents USAgainstAlzheimer’s on Capitol Hill and before all federal departments and agencies, develops the organization’s federal policy agenda and coordinates federal policy activities with other Alzheimer’s and related organizations and stakeholders.

Anne Lewis Strategies

Anne Lewis Strategies manages our press and media relations, and online mobilization and fundraising. They also provides strategic consulting to guide our recruitment and awareness efforts.

The Brick Factory

The Brick Factory collaborates with our team to build our grassroots movement using digital and mobile communications.

Linder & Associates

Linder & Associates is a global event firm that strategically plans and executes events that raise funds and build awareness for our mission.

The Carlin Company

The Carlin Company shares USAA’s urgency to stop Alzheimer’s by 2020. Their passion and commitment to this endeavor is communicated through powerful video productions that capture the dedication of thousands of researchers, millions of families, caregivers, advocates, hundreds of companies and our public officials here and around the world.

 

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