IEA welcomes new chair, members to Board of Visitors during virtual meeting

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The UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s (IEA) Board of Visitors founding chair Lou Holland Jr. welcomed incoming chair Ann Brewer at the board’s June 2, 2020, meeting. “The UW School of Medicine and Public Health IEA has been a global leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in all its forms. It has truly been an honor to serve as chair for the UWIEA,” Holland said. “Ann is truly a wonderful human being and an amazing addition to our Board of Visitors. She will be a great chair of the UW IEA.”

During Holland’s tenure as IEA Board of Visitors chair, he oversaw the launch of the philanthropic group that supports Alzheimer’s disease programs at the University of Wisconsin, led strategic planning to determine the Board of Visitors’ priority areas, and raised awareness for Alzheimer’s disease research on campus by talking about his father’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Holland will continue to serve as a member of the IEA Board of Visitors through 2021.

Brewer, a retired nurse, joined the IEA Board of Visitors in 2017. She thanked Holland for his dedication to the board and his willingness to be a spokesperson for the cause. “I will continue to support and raise awareness of the incredible Alzheimer’s disease research being performed at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health,” Brewer said. “This can be accomplished through education on the effect this devastating disease has on patients and families, and with emphasis on increasing philanthropic endeavors. I hope to work tirelessly along both of these fronts, together with the other dedicated members of the Initiative to End Alzheimer’s Disease Board of Visitors.”

During the virtual meeting, UW IEA senior director of development, Steve Ramig, welcomed six new members to the IEA Board of Visitors.

  • Nancy Arnold, RN, worked in a wide variety of health care settings prior to her retirement from full-time work, including pediatrics, oncology, ambulatory surgery, internal medicine clinics, home care, and infusion therapy. She draws on her varied experiences when serving as a nurse advocate for Patient Care Partners LLC and for the Fitchburg Senior Center. Nancy donates her time to several charitable organizations and is currently President of the Friends of the Fitchburg Library.
  • Anne Brindley is a UW–Madison alum who double majored in legal studies and sociology at the School of Letters & Science, and in 2009, she earned her JD degree at North Carolina Central University. She is a partner at Haskins Short & Brindley, LLC, where her practice includes estate planning and administration, Medicaid and public benefit qualification, planning for individuals with special needs, and small business and residential real estate matter.
  • Linda Lepay is Director, Consumer Finance & Financial Planner, and Instructor for the Department of Consumer Science in the University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology.
  • Matt Lepay is the longtime radio play-by-play announcer for Wisconsin Basketball and Football and recently served as a fill-in television announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Sara Tirner returned to Madison from New York, where she was a vice president and director of Toronto Dominion Bank and TD Securities in New York. Tirner has been a student and practitioner of yoga for more than 20 years, taught for 13 years, and in 2003 became certified to apply yogic tools and technology to working with those living with life-threatening diseases. Tirner graduated with a BBA in finance from UW–Madison.
  • David Wood, PhD, is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Sciences in the School of Letters & Science at UW–Madison. David and his wife, Jane Doughty, have served in the past as members of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s Advancement Council.

The UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s Board of Visitors meets twice annually to plan fundraising initiatives and awareness campaigns that support Alzheimer’s disease-related research, outreach, and educational programs at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.