Cassie B. Barlow, PhD, has joined the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter Board of Directors. Dr. Barlow has previously served as Honorary Chair of the Dayton Walk to End Alzheimer’s, one of the largest fundraising events in the Miami Valley. She is currently co-chair of a chapter military/veteran initiative focused on dementia and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Barlow is employed as Director of Aerospace Professional Development Center (APDC) at Southwestern Ohio Council on Higher Education. APDC is focused on workforce development needs across Ohio, primarily in the aerospace and defense industry, as well as science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.
Dr. Barlow is familiar with leading multiple activities, serving previously as the 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), OH. In that role, she commanded one of the largest air base wings in the Air Force with more than 5,000 Air Force military, civilian, and contractor employees. She retired from active duty with the US Air Force as colonel in 2014. Dr. Barlow was commissioned in 1988 as a distinguished graduate of Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Following graduation, she was assigned to her first of 12 assignments spanning the world.
Her concern about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is both personal and professional. “My family has been touched by this horrible disease for which there is currently no effective treatment or a cure. I saw my Aunt Josephine robbed of her life by Alzheimer’s,” Barlow says. “Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death, and is impacting everyone in all walks of life, whether personally or through greater state and federal health care costs that affect everyone. The Alzheimer’s Association exists to help provide care and support services for people living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and also for their caregivers . . . and their services are free. We must make sure that anyone affected by dementia knows that help is readily available at the Alzheimer’s Association by simply calling our 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.”
Dr. Barlow earned a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Master of Clinical Psychology degree from Chapman University, Orange County, CA; and Ph.D. from Rice University, Houston, TX. She also earned masters degrees in Military Operational Art and Science, and in National Security.
Cassie lives in Beavercreek with her husband Tim, her daughter and mother.