Officers

Craig Fowler, MBA

Board Vice Chair

Craig Fowler has focused his career on improving operating performance while simultaneously driving growth. Starting in the automotive industry, he then spent 5 years at McKinsey & Company, and then was a senior member of the founding team at Vistaprint. Inspired by his mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease, Craig founded JoyGage, a technology startup focused on improving the quality of life for individuals living with dementia and for their care partners.

Jennifer Carson, PhD

Board Secretary

Jennifer Carson is a gerontologist and the Director of the Dementia Engagement, Education, and Research (DEER) Program in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her career and scholarship encompass gerontology, dementia, long-term care, culture change, and leisure, and aging. She has a strong commitment to partnerships and participatory approaches to research and practice and works to improve the inclusion and well-being of persons living with dementia.

Dr. Carson is the Project Director of the Dementia Friendly Nevada initiative, is the author and facilitator of Bravo Zulu: Achieving Excellence in Relationship-Centered Dementia Care, a comprehensive, 12-hour dementia education program developed in partnership with the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. She also partners with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine’s Sanford Center for Aging on a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program grant.

Laurie Scherrer

Board Vice Chair of Lived Experience

Laurie was diagnosed with young onset dementia in August of 2013 at the age of 55. Unable to continue a professional career she turned her focus towards helping others through their dementia journey. Laurie and her husband Roy work continuously to identify triggers that cause her confusion and they make adjustments to overcome obstacles. Laurie is a Dementia Mentor and is active in many support groups. On her website, dementiadaze.com, Laurie shares her feelings, challenges, symptoms, and adjustments in hopes of encouraging other individuals and families living with dementia to explore ways to live beyond dementia.

Jackie Pinkowitz

Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus

As current Board Chair of DAA and past Chair of CCAL-Advancing Person-Centered Living, Jackie is a well-respected national advocate to advance person-centered dementia care, services, and supports. Her mission to enhance inclusion and meaningful engagement for all individuals living with dementia has spanned research, policy, practices, and community living since 2001. She has co-led national Thought Leader Summits and co-developed DAA’s first North American “Re-Imagine Life with Dementia” Conference” in June 2017. As an M.Ed. with certification in special needs populations, Jackie serves on the Advisory Council for Rutgers University School of Social Work.

Directors

Magda Kaczmarska, MFA

Magda is a dance artist, researcher and creative-aging though-leader who leverages a dual background in neuropharmacology research and dance to build bridges and empower individuals and communities to be active agents in their creativity and brain health. Originally from Poland, Magda currently lives in New York.  She leads and develops dance programs which foster creative community for intergenerational groups of all abilities including Stories in the Moment offered in part with the Dementia Action Alliance and Every Body Moves offered since 2020 in partnership with the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in San Francisco.

Magda serves as a representative to the UN with Generations United and is on the executive committee of the UN NGO Committee on Ageing. As an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, Magda builds collaborations around the globe to design and expand access to creative aging programs that support brain health, belonging and artistic expression across the lifespan.

Mark Timmons

Senior Financial Advisor

Mark was 48 when he retired in 2016 after being diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s Disease. A tax accountant for over twenty years, his work focused primarily on trusts, estates, and non-profit entities.In the early 1990s, he led a local chapter of the U.S. Jaycees. He was twice elected President and honored with many awards, including the Granite Statesman Award, the highest award given to a member of the New Hampshire Jaycees. Today, Mark uses the skills he honed in the Jaycees to work with the Dementia Action Alliance and help eliminate the stigmas associated with a dementia related diagnosis. His own diagnosis has most recently been changed to unspecified dementia. He enjoys photography, genealogy, and advocates for causes related to dementia, mental health, and homelessness.

Debra Tann, EdD.

Dr. Tann has over thirty years of educational experience teaching at the community college and university levels. After years in higher education, Dr. Tann launched Genesis Christian School which she led for 14 years. She currently is the CEO of Reminiscent, a brain health organization, and is a certified dementia educator and Virtual Dementia Tour Coach. Additionally, Dr. Tann is a lecturer at Georgia State University in the Gerontology department and is currently on a research team examining Alzheimer’s with an emphasis on the prevention of slips, trips, and falls.

Dr. Tann facilitates an online support group designed for care partners, is the host of a local monthly Memory Café for those living with memory loss, is a national and international speaker, and an ambassador for ALZAuthors traveling dementia library in Georgia. She is a strong advocate debunking myths associated with dementia and educating about stigma and misunderstanding around dementia. Dr. Tann also works to eradicate health care disparities as it relates to diagnosis rates, access to early treatment, quality care, clinical research, and trial participation rates among Blacks and Latinos. She is the author of “The Race of Dementia”. Her husband, Chris, is living with dementia.