About Us

The Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association (Alzheimer's Association), is the premier source of information and support for the 4 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease. Through its national network of chapters, it offers a broad range of programs and services for people with the disease, their families, and caregivers and represents their interests on Alzheimer-related issues before federal, state, and local government and with health and long-term care providers. The largest private funder of Alzheimer research, the Association has committed more than $100 million toward research into the causes, treatment, prevention, and cure of Alzheimer's disease. For more information about research, please visit the National Alzheimer's Association website.

Since 1981, the National Capital Area (formerly the Greater Washington and Northern Virginia Chapters) has served as the the region's primary support network and information resource for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Through our numerous programs and services - including Helpline, support groups, Safe Return, workshops and conferences for both caregivers and professionals, public policy efforts, and community awareness activities - the National Capital Area provides help and hope to the over 460,000 individuals in Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland and Washington, DC who are facing the daily challenges of Alzheimer's.

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Sound Alike Organizations

The National Capital Area provides services and support in the following areas:

District of Columbia


Calvert County
Charles County
Montgomery County
Prince George's County
St. Mary's County


Arlington County
Clarke County
Fairfax County
Fauquier County
Frederick County
King George County
Loudoun County
Prince William County
Rappahanock County
Stafford County
Warren County
City of Alexandria
City of Fairfax
City of Falls Church
City of Manassas
City of Manassas Park
City of Winchester

Corporate Headquarters

Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area
11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 402
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Toll-free (866) 259-0042
Fax (703) 359-4441

Local Offices

Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area
Maryland Office
P.O. Box 1889
La Plata, MD 20646

Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area
Washington, DC Office
2524 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020

The Chapter staff is led by:

Anthony K. Sudler
President and Chief Executive Officer

The Chapter is organized into the following six departments:

Family Services
Community Outreach

Public Policy
Fund Development
Finance and Operations

1. Family Services:

Family Services Director
Eileen Erbengi

Helpline Manager
Karin Udler

Safe Return Coordinator
Jane Priest

2. Education:

Education Director
Betty Ransom

Professional Training Coordinator
Kelly French

Community Service Coordinator (Southern Maryland)
Sandra Wheeler

Community Service Coordinator (Washington, DC)
Peggy Nelson

3. Community Outreach:

Community Outreach Director
Cindy Leach Schelhorn

Public Relations Manager
Lisa Dunn

Volunteer Outreach Coordinator
Carolyn Thomas

4. Public Policy:

  • District of Columbia Government Policy
  • Maryland Goverment Policy
  • Virginia Government Policy
  • Federal Government Policy

Public Policy Director
Ian Niemi Kremer

5. Fund Development:

Fund Development Director
Patricia Etzell

Fund Development Manager
Sandra Fields

Fund Development Coordinator
Kelly Meltzer

Fund Development Assistant
Angela McGowan

6. Finance and Operations:

  • Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Office Administration

Finance and Operations Director
Veronica Lee

Accounting Manager
Sheila Curtis

Operations Assistant
Peggy Hodge

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Joan L. Davis
Proxtronics, Inc.

Vice Chair:
Zita L. Pietrus
Pietrus Associates

Marie T. Smith, Ph.D.

Thomas J. Sneeringer, CPA
RSM McGladrey, Inc./McGladrey & Pullen, LLP


A. Mark Christopher, Esq.
Herge, Sparks & Christopher, LLP

Tonya J. Davis

Deborah N. Dunham
ElderLink, Options for Caregiving

Eileen Frates

Mary Jane Galvin

Edith S. Gravely

Steven D. Gurney
Guide to Retirement Living

Thomas L. Hoffman
John Hancock Life Insurance Company

Blake T. Jones
Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc.

Alex Mabin
Sunrise Assisted Living

Warren Martin
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Linda Mazawey

Mary Mell
Marriott Brighton Gardens of Arlington

Betsy Murphy FNP, CHPN
Hospice and Palliative Care of Metropolitan Washington

Susana M. Ortiz-Ang
Ann E. O’Neil, Inc.
Care Options for the Elderly

Susan K. Pollack, Esq.

Virginia A. Pomata

Katherine E. Ponds
Right Management Consultants Inc.

Judy A. Ramey
Ferris Baker Watts

Deborah A. Randall, Esq.
Arent Fox

RADM Donald M. Showers USN (Ret.)

Gail P. Smith
D.C.Department of Health

Jeanne F. Stanislawski
Vinson Hall Retirement Community

Carolyn A. Sweeney
Personal Touch Homecare

Thomas C. West
Birks, Keenan, and West

Edward Zetlin, Esq.

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