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Heather Statz ~ One Of Our Wizards Behind the Curtain

2013 to 2014

I come from the small circus town of Baraboo, Wisconsin. I say this because Baraboo is the home of the Ringling Brothers Circus, and is just south of Wisconsin Dells, which can be somewhat of a circus during the summer months. Of course these roots make me a Badger and Packer fan!  I am the oldest of three and like to get home to see my family whenever I can. A few of my interests:  I really enjoy doing crafty things in my free time like making cards, painting with watercolors and making candles. I always have a book with me, switching between inspirational, fiction and educational. I love cats and have a gray long-haired kitten named Elouise.  Fall is by far my favorite season because that means pumkin flavored everything, caramel apples, scarves and changing leaves.

 I moved to the twin cities for college in the fall of 2009 and graduated from the University of St. Thomas this past May. At St. Thomas I studied psychology and women's studies with the hope of some day pursuing a career in counseling and working with individuals with mental illness. Currently I am working as the weekend supervisor for ACR Homes in Inver Grove Heights, where I work with adults with developmental disabilities.

 I wanted to get involved with Alzheimer's Speaks because I have always been intrigued by Alzheimer's Disease and dementia and those who are affected by it, including caregivers. I have a passion and feel called to work to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. While Alzheimer's Disease is different than most mental illnesses, there is still a stigma associated with it that reduces the quality of life of those affected by it. I love the mission of changing caregiving "from crisis to comfort."

Heather has been a huge help!  Her organizational skills, flexibility and personality have been a perfect fit for us.  Not only has Heather taken the bull by the horns to help Alzheimer's Speaks especially with the radio show, but she has played a critical role in coordinating many of the details for Arthur's Memory Cafe as we build and expand.  We greatly miss Heather right now as she has left us to go back for her second mission trip. ~ Lori La Bey found of Alzheimer's Speaks


Michelle Remold ~ One Of Our Wizards Behind the Curtain

September 2013 to 2015

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My name is Michelle and I live in Faribault, MN. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in December 2012 with my Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. I currently work at one of the clinics in town and I am working on getting my Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato. This will be my third internship, as I have also interned at the Faribault Area Senior Center and the Alzheimer’s Association: East Central Iowa Chapter. I also created a memory program while interning at the Faribault Area Senior Center that is still being used at the University of Northern Iowa by the Gerontology department. I was actively involved in our student groups Advocates for Alzheimer’s and the Northern Iowa Family Services Organization. I am very passionate about working with older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias because my life has been impacted by both Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

In my free time my interests include reading (anything by John Steinbeck or about Alzheimer’s and other dementias), spending time with my family and friends, making cards, baking, and volunteering. The reason I wanted to get involved with Alzheimer’s Speaks is because I found their approach to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and related dementias to be unique. It is important to continue to raise awareness about the disease and to support not only the caregivers, but those with the disease as well.

Michelle has been writing a weekly post for our blog.  Each week she is not only timely, but her articles are written from the heart and touch our audience, which is evident from their comments.  Michelle is now becoming involved with our radio show, as a cohost.  She also started a Memory Cafe in Northfield, Mn which has turned out to be a great hit.  Kudos Michelle for all you do. ~ Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer's Speaks


Aaron Werner ~ One Of Our Wizards Behind the Curtain 

May to Juy of 2014



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