About the Coalition

The Michigan Dementia Coalition currently consists of approximately 260 individuals from dementia-related fields and backgrounds, representing more than 65 organizations. 

Our purpose in working together as members of the Michigan Dementia Coalition is to make use of our combined knowledge, experience, and resources to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their families. 

Led by the Alzheimer's Association Michigan, AARP Michigan, and the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, the current Michigan Dementia Coalition came together beginning in late 2016 to identify current needs and opportunities for Michigan to become a more dementia capable state. From late 2016 to the present, approximately 300 people from various dementia-related backgrounds have participated in the full coalition, workgroups, or committees. In May of 2019, we published our 2019-2022 Roadmap for Creating a Dementia Capable Michigan. 

The Coalition established 9 committees for continuing our work through 2022. The Progress Chart under the Roadmap tab shows the work each committee has achieved to help make Michigan a  more dementia capable state. In March of 2023 we published our 2023 Update

We are currently preparing to work with the new Dementia  & Healthy Brain Unit in the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services to develop a new Dementia & Brain Health Roadmap for Michigan for 2024 and beyond.

Steering Committee Members

Lisa Dedden Cooper, JD, AARP Michigan

Jennifer Lepard, Alzheimer's Association Michigan

Scott Roberts, PhD, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Joan Ilardo, PhD, LMSW, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Fei Sun, PhD, MSW, Michigan State University School of Social Work

Brenda L. Roberts, MA, Michigan Assisted Living Association

Scott E. Counts, PhD, Michigan State University Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine

Melanie Baird, LMSW, Alzheimer's Association Michigan

Irving E. Vega, PhD, Michigan State University Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine

Katrina Summersett, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan

Sheria Robinson-Lane, PhD, MSN, MHA, RN University of Michigan School of Nursing  

Amanda Leggett, PhD, Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology & Department of Psychology

Kristine J. Ajrouch, PhD, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research & Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease 

Brandon Beck, Area Agencies on Aging of West Michigan

Greg Bird, Alzheimer's Association Michigan

Henry (Hank) Paulson, MD, PhD, Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center

James Mangi, PhD,  Care Partner & Dementia Friendly Saline

Barry Kaufman, Retired and Living with LBD

Karen Willard, JD, Attorney & Former Legislator


Dayna Streng, MSW, Dementia Unit, MDHHS

Sally Steiner, LMSW, Aging and Adult Services Agency, MDHHS

Kristina Leonardi, MPA, Aging and Adult Services Agency, MDHHS 

Michigan Dementia Coalition Co-Chairs:

Lisa Dedden Cooper 

AARP Michigan 

Jennifer Lepard 

Alzheimer's Association Michigan

Scott Roberts 

University of Michigan