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About us

The Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that is specifically designed to provide a link to resources for people with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. We are also deeply concerned with providing support to those who care for persons with dementia. Our mission is to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as provide a quality life for the person with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

The Alliance provides information and resources regarding Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. We have many programs and services to offer you on an ongoing basis. Give us a call if you have any questions or would like to talk personally with any of our staff (608.232.3400 or 888.308.6251 toll-free, M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

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Financial information

The Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations, special events, fees for service, and foundations. In fact, 90% of our operating income is from private donations.

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Mission and vision statement


To support individuals, families, and professionals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through information, education, consultation, and advocacy; and to promote the advancement of scientific research to better diagnose, treat and ultimately eliminate Alzheimer’s disease.


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Annual report

Our Annual Report for fiscal year 2014-2015 contains information on our accomplishments, programs and services, finances and more. Click below to access the document.

Annual Report FY 2014-2015 PDF

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IRS Form 990

Form 990 series returns are required to be filed by most tax-exempt organizations, except for church and government-affiliated organizations. Form 990 is the IRS's primary tool for gathering information about tax-exempt organizations, for educating organizations about tax law requirements and ensuring their compliance.

FY 2016 IRS Form 990, Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance PDF

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Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance staff

The phone numbers below are direct extensions to the specific staff member.

Paul Rusk, Executive Director (608.232.3405)

Kristine Biesenthal, Outreach Specialist Green Lake/Marquette/Waushara Regional Office (920.765.3359)

Becky DeBuhr, Outreach Specialist Crawford/Grant/Richland Regional Office (608.723.4288)

Rob Gundermann, Public Policy Director (608.232.3408)

Lindsey Marsh, Dementia Support Team (608.232.3404)

Teena Monk-Gerber, Outreach Specialist Beloit Office (608.331.3335)

Rachel Olson, Outreach Coordinator (608.232.3403)

Mary Severson, AFCSP Coordinator (608.441.8420)

Julie Sheahan, Communications Coodinator (608.232.3409)

Nancy Thacker, Outreach Specialist Adams/Juneau Regional Office (608.516.6248)

Melissa Theisen, Development Director (608.232.3410)

Janet Wiegel, Outreach Specialist Columbia/Sauk Regional Office (608.742.9055)

Patricia Wilson, Family Support Coordinator (608.232.3406)

Suanne Zimmerman, Professional Trainer (608.212.4131)

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Board of directors

Mary Kay Baum
Carey Gleason, PhD
Perry Henderson, MD
Mark Jensen, President
Carol Koby
Vivian M. Larkin, PhD, MSW, CRC
Bill Mauerman, Treasurer
Ken Muth
Paul Pitas, Secretary
April Weir-Hauptman
Steve Zanoni

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Our history

ADAW began providing services in south central Wisconsin as a non-profit organization in 1985. In 1990, it was incorporated as a chapter of the National Alzheimer's Association. In December 2009, the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin became an independent non-profit organization and is governed by a local board of directors.

Press release on disaffiliation (12/23/09)
Fact sheet on disaffiliation

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Employment opportunities

There are no available positions at this time.

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