MDC Committees

The Michigan Dementia Coalition established the following committees to carry out the work of achieving the vision set forth in our 2019-2022 Roadmap

Please click on the committees below to learn more about the work each one performed toward making Michigan a more dementia capable state.

Provides leadership and strategic direction for the coalition.

Contact: Lisa Dedden Cooper at lcooper@aarp.org

Expands opportunities for improvement in recognizing and preventing abuse, exploitation, and neglect for all persons impacted by dementia. 

Contact: Fei Sun  at sunfei@msu.edu

Identifies needs of persons living with dementia and their families and solutions impacting the support provided to them.

Contact: Melanie Baird at mbaird@alz.org or Karen Willard at bluewaterlegalconsulting@gmail.com 

Enhances knowledge, skills, and practices of providers working with dementia patients, caregivers, and their families.

Contact: Joan Ilardo at ilardo@msu.edu 

Identifies shared and unique challenges of dementia among diverse groups and develops culturally sensitive and inclusive strategies to reduce disparities.

Contact: Vince Tilford at vtilford@hannan.org; Irving Vega at vegaie@msu.edu; or Brenda Roberts at broberts@miassistedliving.org

Develops legislative strategies to achieve the goals set forth in the Roadmap. 

Contact: Colin Ford at cjford@alz.org

Actively recruits, engages, and accommodates persons with dementia to fully participate in all aspects of the Coalition.

Contact: Brenda Roberts at broberts@miassistedliving.org

Develops strategic relationships and creative solutions to address dementia as a significant public health issue. 

Contact: Sally Steiner at steiners@michigan.gov or Katrina Summersett at ksummersett@PVM.org 

Develops materials and strategies for communicating about the work of the coalition. 

Contact: Scott Counts at scott.counts@hc.msu.edu or Lisa Dedden Cooper at lcooper@aarp.org