The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter has selected one of its own to lead the organization, lauded as one of the best non-profits in Cincinnati.
Annemarie Barnett has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter, after four years of experience leading Alzheimer’s fundraising for the organization. In her previous role as Development Director for the Greater Cincinnati Chapter, Barnett helped drive the Cincinnati Tri-State Walk to End Alzheimer’s to become the fourth largest walk in the nation.
Barnett brings years of non-profit experience to the role. She first served at the Alzheimer’s Association as the Special Events Manager for the Cincinnati Chapter from 2000 to 2002. She continued her career rising in the ranks of non-profit fundraising for other volunteer health organizations in the city such as the American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis and MDA. Prior to coming back to the Alzheimer’s Association in 2017, Barnett held the position of Manager of Women’s Leadership Giving for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, where she had the opportunity to interact with Greater Cincinnati’s corporate community.
“Annemarie relentlessly pursues our mission with tremendous heart and passion,” said Eric VanVlymen, Regional Leader for the Alzheimer’s Association in Ohio. “She’s a natural leader and I look forward to seeing her engage the entire community as she leads the Chapter to serve more Tri-State families through education, support and fundraising for research.”
James P. Sullivan, chair of the Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors, said, “On behalf of the Board, we are ecstatic with the selection of Annemarie Barnett as the new Executive Director. We look forward to working with her in creating new partnerships with business leaders and families who have been impacted by this most-dreaded disease.”
Barnett, of Delhi, said, “I am so honored to hold the position of Executive Director for the Greater Cincinnati Chapter. My passion for this cause runs deep as I lost a grandmother, an aunt, and most recently my mom with complications of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Even though I left the Alzheimer’s Association 19 years ago, it was never far from my heart.”
“The minute I stepped through those same office doors as Development Director, I knew I was back home and exactly where I was supposed to be. Being able to continue my career at the Alzheimer’s Association now as the Executive Director is truly special,” she said.
In the 37 counties the Greater Cincinnati Chapter serves in Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana, there are approximately 55,000 people who live with Alzheimer’s and 150,000 caregivers. Alzheimer’s is a progressive fatal brain disease that kills nerve cells and tissues in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think and plan. In Ohio, there are 220,000 individuals over the age of 65 living with the disease.
Last year, Cincy Magazine readers voted the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter Nonprofit of the Year in the category of Best Support Group for Caregivers/Care Receivers. The Cincinnati Business Courier ranked the Walk to End Alzheimer’s among the region’s largest nonprofit fundraising events, coming in at No. 3 with $1.5 million in 2020 revenue. The Association supports families through a variety of free resources including its 24/7 Helpline, which is 800.272.3900.