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Virginia Biggar

Executive Director, ClergyAgainstAlzheimer’s and ActivistsAgainstAlzheimer’s

Ginny joined the team in 2012 to curate personal Alzheimer’s stories sent to us by advocates experiencing the disease. This was a logical fit given her work as a reporter for National Public Radio in Boston, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. In fact, many of the same qualities and skills have been required for success at UsA2, including entrepreneurship, agility, integrity and teamwork.

As a Network Leader, Ginny has helped launch the Activists, Clergy and Veterans Networks, the Faith United Against Alzheimer’s Coalition, the UsA2 Facebook Care Community, the On Pluto Podcast, and the AD-PACE A-List. She leads the AD-PCPRN Patient & Caregiver Advisory, and ensures that the opinions of those living with Alzheimer’s and caregivers are infused throughout our work.

Ginny does not have a family connection to Alzheimer’s. However, her father, Jim Biggar, lived for decades with Multiple Sclerosis. So she saw firsthand the impact of this debilitating chronic illness on her dad, as well as her mother and the entire family. This experience motivates her to find solutions for the many families facing Alzheimer’s with whom she works closely.

Ginny graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a BA in History, and played four years of varsity field hockey and lacrosse. She now gets her athletic fix playing ice hockey. Ginny lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons.

Bucket list item: Drive US and Canadian west coast or see game in every NHL arena

Favorite book: "The Magus" by John Fowles

Humor is critical in the face of challenge. If you can’t look an enemy squarely in the eye and laugh, if you allow an enemy to intimidate, then the enemy owns you. I won’t let Alzheimer’s own me. And so I shake my fist with faith, hope and humor.

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Greg O’Brien, author, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s