PURCHASE, N.Y., Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alzheimer's Association Hudson Valley Chapter, which serves seven Hudson Valley counties, is pleased to announce its merger with the national Alzheimer's Association and the hire of its new president and CEO, David Sobel.
In merging with the national organization, the Hudson Valley Chapter — serving Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties — joins 80 other chapters nationwide as a single charitable entity.
The Alzheimer's Association is the highest-impact nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research in the world, ranking only behind the United States and Chinese governments, as measured by Web of Science. Since 1982, the Association has invested more than $350 million in more than 2,300 scientific investigations.
"This is an important time for our chapter as we seek breakthroughs in finding the cause and cure for Alzheimer's disease, while providing exceptional care and support for those people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia," Sobel said. "And we know that merging with the national organization will yield substantial benefits for the thousands we serve."
Sobel joins the Association following the departure of Elaine Sproat, who led the chapter for 23 years. Sobel has 25 years of nonprofit experience and most recently served as director of development for the American Red Cross, where he supervised a team responsible for a portfolio of more than $8 million.
"David has the right combination of experience, knowledge, skills, passion and commitment to successfully lead the Hudson Valley chapter into the future," said Barry Meiselman, chairman of the chapter's board of directors.
Sobel previously worked on corporate partnerships at the JCC Association and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Before that, he produced the MS Walk and the MS Bike Tour for the New York City MS Chapter.
He received his bachelor's degree from Adelphi University and his master's in business administration from St. Thomas University.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer's.
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