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Alzheimer's Los Angeles Staff

The staff of Alzheimer’s Los Angeles is dedicated supporting, educating, and empowering local families as they face the everyday challenges of dementia.


Heather Cooper Ortner
President & CEO
323.930.6224 p

Debra Cherry, PhD
Executive Vice President
323.930.6225 p

Cathy Ladd, MSW
Senior Vice President, Programs
323.930.6213 p

Steven Klappholz
Chief Philanthropy Officer
323.930.6208 p

Bret Schaefer
Chief Financial Officer
323.930.6237 p

Jennifer Schlesinger
Associate Vice President, Healthcare Services & Community Education
323.930.6253 p

Programs & Services

Tori Boyer
Senior Care Counselor, Early-Stage Services

Kristy Huang-Arai
Manager, Asian and Asian American Services

Cathy Ladd
Senior Vice President, Programs

Sara Mikael
Administrative Assistant, Helpline & Care Consultation

Petra Niles
Senior Manager, African American Services,
Education & Dementia Care Networks

Anne Oh
Manager, Support Groups and Activity Programs

Zina Paris
Director, Clinical Services

Esperanza Roman
Care Counselor

Juan Saavedra
Senior Care Counselor

Veronica Sanders
Care Counselor

Dinora Toj
Manager, Latino Services

Gabriela Torres
Administrative Support

Mayra Torres
Care Counselor

Alicia Villegas
Director, Early Stage & Latino Services

Adrianna Walcher
Manager, Education & Outreach


Jackie Alm
Senior Director, Development

Jennifer Holloway
Associate Director, Development

Steven Klappholz
Chief Philanthropy Officer

Randi Lovett
Director, Events

Ashley Ruiz
Coordinator, Donor Services

Karmine Tawagon
Manager, Development

Brian Welch
Senior Manager, Events

& Administration

Albert Avalos
Associate Director, Information Technology

Ricardo Ayala

Martha Chavez-Cruz
Senior Accountant & Payroll Manager

Kristi Holmblad
Chief of Staff

Bret Schaefer
Chief Financial Officer

Mona Strehler
Human Resources

Professional Training
& Grant Management

Margarita Bermudez
Associate Director Healthcare Services & Community Education

Debra Cherry
Executive Vice President

Veronica Matos
Grant Writer

Jennifer Schlesinger
Associate Vice President, Healthcare Services & Community Education

Caitlin Silber
Coordinator, Contracts & Grants

Marketing & Communications

Ginger Baker
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing

Angela Landis
Director, Video Content/Social Media

Nikki Stover
Manager, Marketing and Graphic Design

Public Policy

Barbra McLendon
Director, Public Policy

Kelly Takasu
Manager, Public Policy

East Los Angeles Service Center

Leticia Meza
Specialist, Community Education & Outreach

Angie Moran
Manager, Family Services

Efren Moreno
Senior Manager, Education & Outreach