Monday, November 7, 2011

Announcing Our Interim CEO

Julie A. Sugita, who has experience both professionally and personally with dementia care, has been named the interim CEO at The George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers.

Julie replaces Kelly Focht, who left the organization in September to become a center manager for St. Paul’s PACE program.

Julie is a former periodontist with many elderly patients at her dental practice before health issues led her to a new career as a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary and a National Certified Guardian.

It was during her own experience caring full time for her mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s Disease that she came to fully understand and appreciate the critical role programs such as our adult day programs and support groups provide to families dealing with complex healthcare issues.

“I have a passion for the caregivers’ journey because that’s where I came from,” she said. “To me, it’s an honor to be able to ensure the future of providing these services to caregivers and to help carry The Glenner Centers into the next 30 years.”

A graduate of San Diego State University, where she earned an M.S. in gerontology, Julie has extensive experience in marketing and business management as well as healthcare and the non-profit sector, where she provided startup development for a 501(c)3 foundation. She received both a B.S. in business administration and Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University.

As interim CEO, Julie will oversee daily operations of the organization, provide leadership where needed, meet all fundraising and activities deadlines, and carry out responsibilities determined by the Search Committee.

Julie is a member of the Glenner Centers’ board of directors and LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation. She lives in Alpine with her husband, three children and many four-legged friends.

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