Community Advisory Board

MADRC Community Advisory Board

The purpose of the MADRC Community Advisory Board (MCAB) is to guide and inform the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC) Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement (ORE) Core about how to optimize equity in research participation so that everyone is able to experience the benefits of research innovations and receive equitable high-quality care.

Raina Levin
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Samrana Bertrand
Boston University
“I am the Program Manager for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.”

Jayme Bonds
Winn Residential
“I’m a Senior Community Coordinator, who works with low income housing residents, assisting them with maintaining and sustaining healthy lifestyles while living in their current communities. Providing them with all resources needed to sustain a peaceful and enjoyable life.”

Raina Levin
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Leonor Buitrago
Alzheimer’s Association
“I oversee diversity initiatives for the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter working in collaboration with community and public agencies, research centers and faith communities to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and resources available for individuals and families.”

Andrea Burns
City of Boston Age Strong Commission

“I oversee the Age and Dementia Friendly Initiative for the City of Boston. Work to improve policies, procedures and protocols to make Boston a more age and dementia friendly city.”

Raina Levin
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Art Canter
A4 Research Study Participant

“I am retired and currently volunteering as a Research Ambassador for the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.”

Jade Connor, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital

I am an internal medicine resident at Massachusetts General Hospital who is interested in Geriatrics and dementia care. I have an MSc in public health from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, where I worked at the Alzheimer’s Centre Limburg on dementia-friendly initiatives related to caregivers of people with dementia.

Raina Levin

Ellen DiPaola, JD
Honoring Choices Massachusetts

Since 2013, as President and CEO I work to improve access to information and care planning tools so all adults can make a personal health care plan to get the best possible care today and over their lifetime. We support hundreds of Honoring Choices Community Partners who use our programs and tools to help adults make a plan and connect them to care in their community.

Raina Levin
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Alex Garcia
Nuevo Dia ADHC

I’m marketing Director and liaison with the Hispanic aging community.

Sandra Harris
AARP Massachusetts

I am a long-distance caregiver. I am also State President, of AARP Massachusetts and Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Taskforce to End Loneliness and Build Community. 

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Shavonne Herrington
Union Capital Boston

As Director of Partnerships my role is to build and maintain relationships with all Union Capital Boston (UCB) partners. I bring the partners to the UCB stage to share about all the great resources they have to offer and to share out important information to the Boston/Greater Boston community

Jacqueline Linton
Central Boston Elder Services

My role covers a broad range of functions which include, but are not limited to, media relations, marketing, communications, public relations, advocacy, outreach, development, event planning, and fundraising. I also foster, and partner with internal partners and external companies on medical related projects aligned with print, IT, and website assignments

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Nancy Lynn
Bright Focus Foundation

BrightFocus funds global research to understand, prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma. We work in the greater Boston area to bring engaging brain health resources to under-resourced communities. 

Annette Peele
Mass Executive Office of Elder Affairs

I oversee the Aging and Disability Program (creating collaborative partnerships with community agencies serving older adults and people with disabilities). This partnership is called Aging and Disability Consortia. 

Raina Levin

Kahlil Saddiq
901 Consulting

I am a Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) change management consultant who teaches organizations/companies how to create and integrate their equity, inclusion, and growth strategy.

Raina Levin
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Emily Shea
City of Boston Age Strong Commission

Beth Soltzberg
Jewish Family & Children’s Service

I direct the Alzheimer’s/Related Dementias Family Support Program at Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Waltham (JF&CS). JF&CS’ services include the JF&CS Memory Café and a support group for adults whose parent(s) live with dementia. We offer the JF&CS Memory Café Percolator, an international resource for those starting and sustaining memory cafés, and the Dementia Friends public awareness program for Massachusetts.

Raina Levin
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Patty Sullivan
Dementia Friendly Massachusetts

I direct the Dementia Friendly MA program, an initiative that helps communities become more welcoming for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Tyler Allston-Swan
Alzheimer’s Association

I develop and implement the strategy for the chapter’s outreach to the African American/Black community, and other diverse communities to develop lasting partnerships

Raina Levin
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Judith Thermidor
Resident Wellness Director at CSI Support & Development/ Community Health Educator in Haitian Creole & Spanish

I am working collaboratively with medical institutions and aging services to connect clinical and social services to older adult populations living in housing by providing safety, self-care, and social interactions and promoting clinical trials on-site.
I am also actively engaged with Alzheimer’s Association and Dementia Friends Massachusetts to address cognitive impairment caused by dementia in people over 65.


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Sandra Waldron
Dimock Center

I connect the community at large/greater Boston area residents to Dimock programs and vast array of services. Establishing relationships/referral systems with key CBO’s providing critical services in those areas. 


Rev. Dr. Ellis I. Washington

St. Paul AME Episcopal Church

I serve as Senior Pastor/Teacher of the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cambridge, MA. I provide leadership in all areas including worship, discipleship, and administration

Raina Levin
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Corrine White
City of Boston Age Strong Commission

Dementia-Friendly Boston is an initiative to optimize the health, well-being and community engagement of people living within the City of Boston and their care partners. My role is to lead, support and advocate for this effort. 

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