Dr. Aaron Ritter is the Larkin Family Endowed Chair in Integrative Brain Health and Medical Director Memory & Cognitive Disorders Program for Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute.
Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, he completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of Arizona and a two-year clinical/research fellowship in behavioral neurology at Cleveland Clinic, shaping his focus on how neurological diseases affect cognition and behavior. He has a focus in Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and frontotemporal dementia.
As Alzheimer’s disease enters an era of treatment, Dr. Ritter will be instrumental in helping guide the Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter’s work on bringing treatment to patients in our community.
Ramzi Abdine is the Chief Executive Officer for Comfort Keepers, North America. For more than two decades, Comfort Keepers® has provided in-home care for seniors and other adults, empowering them to maintain their independence. Comfort Keepers is a division of Sodexo. Sodexo provides catering, facilities management, employee benefits and personal home services to 100 million consumers daily in 53 countries. Comfort Keepers operates a franchise network that has grown to more than 700 locations around the world.
Abdine earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Columbia University, and an MBA in General Management from INSEAD Business School.
Jamie Webb is the Founder of Haven Care Management. Haven Care Management is an Orange County-based firm specializing in meeting the individualized care needs of those with memory loss. Jamie has an extensive background in medical social work and dementia care. Webb earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Cal Poly Pomona and obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Cal State University, San Bernardino. Webb is a Certified Care Manager through the NACCM, a member of the Aging Life Care Association. She considers it an honor and privilege to assist clients and their families with the difficult journey of memory loss.
Webb successfully co-chaired the Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter’s “InspirationALZ Gala” in August 2022, which raised more than $320,000 and featured American pop rock band “Walk the Moon” lead singer, Nicholas Petricca. Nicholas Petricca’s dad passed away in 2017 after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s.
Katy Lewis Hanke is a senior fixed income sales specialist at Capital Group. Prior to that Hanke worked as a senior vice president, account manager at PIMCO.
Hanke and her family have been involved in the #Walk2EndAlz for many years. During the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Huntington Beach, Hanke’s children held the white flower at the event, which signifies the first survivor of the disease.
Hanke is serving on the Executive Leadership Committee for Walk to End Alzheimer’s Irvine.
Paul Hoang is a licensed clinical social worker who has been actively working in the fields of mental health, spirituality, community building & organizing, and resource development for 20 years.
Hoang is a community mobilizer and is passionate about joining the Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Board to help ensure that the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has the resources they need for early diagnosis and access to risk reduction and quality care for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementia.
Hoang has joined the Community Engagement Committee for Walk to End Alzheimer’s Irvine.
Michelle Kangiszer is the Director of Total Rewards for HireRight, a leading global provider of on-demand employment, background checks, drug testing, Form I-9 and employment and education verifications.
Kangiszer became involved with the Alzheimer’s Association during her last role at Hyundai Capital America, where she launched the education program “Understanding Alzheimer’s disease” for HCA employees and got involved in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
With a personal connection to Alzheimer’s, Kangiszer wants to make sure that families have the resources and knowledge they need to navigate this complicated and changing disease. Kangiszer is joining the Executive Leadership Committee for Walk to End Alzheimer’s Irvine.
Dr. Victoria Morris-Ivie is the Director of Professional and Organizational Development for California State University – East Bay. She received both her undergraduate and her Masters of Science in Gerontology from University of Southern California.
Not only does Dr. Morris-Ivie have a passion for older adults, but she has also experienced first-hand the impact Alzheimer’s disease had on a family. Dr. Morris-Ivie is particularly interested in helping the Alzheimer’s Association expand its reach and services in the Black American and Native American communities. She is passionate about engaging diverse perspectives to achieve health equity – meaning that all communities have a fair and just opportunity for early diagnosis and access to risk reduction and quality care.