Alzheimer’s Association Veteran Named to Head Colorado Chapter

 06/26/2018 | 01:39 PM 

After an extensive nationwide search, Amelia Schafer, a 20-year veteran of the Alzheimer’s Association chapters in Colorado and Oregon, has been named executive director of the Colorado Chapter.

Schafer has been instrumental in the development and delivery of programs and services that the Colorado Chapter provides to the 71,000 Coloradans living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as the quarter of a million volunteer caregivers who assist them.

Despite its relatively smaller population versus other Alzheimer’s Association chapters around the nation, Colorado has ranked first in services provided to persons with early stage Alzheimer’s and first in classroom attendees, while ranking second in the total number of individuals served.

“Amelia Schafer is the right person at the right time for this job,” said Donald Bechter, chair of the Colorado Chapter board. “She has demonstrated excellence in everything she has done with the Alzheimer’s Association, and she has the complete confidence of our board, her staff, and the professional community. We are delighted to have Amelia lead the Colorado Chapter.”

After a short stint with the Association’s Oregon chapter, Schafer has served the past 17 years in Colorado, most recently as the senior director of Programs for the Colorado Chapter.

“By many measurements, Colorado is a role model for the nation in terms of the services we provide to our community – people living with this disease and their caregivers,” said Jim Wilgus, Alzheimer’s Association regional leader for the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions. “Amelia has set a high bar for excellence in terms of programs and services, and we look forward to seeing her provide that same level of leadership to all aspects of the Colorado Chapter.”

Schafer, who has served as interim director for the chapter in recent months, is ready for the challenges the position pose.

“We rely on the generous support of our corporate sponsors and the many individuals and families we serve for the funding that enables us to provide our programs and services at no charge, as well as to fund research for a cure,” said Schafer. “Beyond maintaining our high standards of excellence, I see my role as helping to share the message of the devastating nature of Alzheimer’s disease – both on families and on our medical and financial systems – so that we can continue making progress and, someday, end this disease.”