ADAW Executive Assistant Vicki Hodel is the Energizer Bunny of the Madison office.
Her days start at 4:30 a.m., as she has several animals to care for including horses, cats and dogs. When she’s not filling the needs of her furry friends, Vicki strives to meet the needs of all who call, visit, or email the Madison office.
For a little over one year, she’s served as our first point of contact for people seeking ADAW information.
As a child, Vicki was very close to her grandfather. When he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and passed away she was 10, it was hard on her as a child. A post-mortem biopsy found her grandpa also had Alzheimer’s.
Many things keep Vicki engaged in her work at the ADAW especially organizing materials and keeping in contact with staff on programs.
The main thing that drew Vicki to this position was the compassion she found from the staff at ADAW of taking care for people going through the Alzheimer’s journey.
What is one thing people may not know about Alzheimer’s or dementia?
“Anyone around you may have dementia or Alzheimer’s and you may not know it,” Vicki said. “I think the public awareness we do at the ADAW is good. We’re here to help educate the public.”
When asked how she would describe her experience with the ADAW in one word, Vicki replied with a smile: “Heartfelt.”