Meet the Junior Committee


The Junior Committee is a network of young professionals who support and engage each other and the larger Alzheimer’s community, advocate for legislation, and raise funds to finance research and programs.

President

Lauren Longobardi

Lauren has been a member of the JC since January of 2015 and is excited to be serving as the President of the Junior Committee this year! She joined the Committee to help raise funds and awareness for a great organization in memory of her Nonnie, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. She started out on the JC by going to outreach sessions in 2015 and has been diving into other activities by the JC ever since! Lauren participated on the Gala Planning Committee in 2015 and was the Gala Chair in 2016 and helped secure monetary & in-kind sponsors, as well as many silent auction items. She is excited to be leading an amazing group of young professionals in their efforts to meet other young professionals passionate about raising awareness and funds for caregivers and those affected with Alzheimer's and related dementias.

Vice President

Brittany Krygowski

Brittany joined the Junior Committee in 2013. Her grandmother began exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s around the time Brittany was born. Watching the disease affect her family shaped her childhood. She relishes the JC as a place to meet other young professionals who are similarly passionate about the disease. Professionally, Brittany works in marketing for a successful start-up. She joined the Executive Board to leverage her skills to grow the JC. She hopes that every young adult in this community who has been affected by this disease, or who has an interest in it, knows the JC and its resources exist.

Treasurer

JC Hay

Full biography coming soon.

Social Media Chair

Jessica Gonzalez

Full biography coming soon.

Secretary

Maxine Squires

Maxine is currently serving her third term as JC secretary, and has been involved with the committee since 2010. Maxine’s grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s and the JC was a perfect way to learn more about the disease and to meet other young people who are going through similar experiences. She has enjoyed going to outreach sessions, running the 2011 NYC Marathon and 2014 NYC Half Marathon with Athletes to End Alzheimer’s teams, and overall has really enjoyed connecting with members of the JC and loves seeing what a difference we can make together!

Sub-Committee Chairs

Advocacy

Amanda Opirhony

Amanda joined the JC in 2014 after moving to New York City. Amanda’s father lives with dementia, and the JC has been a great outlet to meet people with similar experiences, and to learn more about the disease. In her first year with the JC, Amanda became involved with advocacy, attending both the Albany Rally Day and Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., to lobby for increased funding for research and support services. As Advocacy Chair, Amanda is inspired to work with JC members to continue for push for progress against Alzheimer’s, and to raise awareness of the disease as a national public health issue.

Gala & Special Events Chair

Lauren Longobardi

Lauren has been a member of the JC since January of 2015 and is excited to be serving as the Events and Gala Chair this year! She joined the Committee to help raise funds and awareness for a great organization in memory of her Nonnie, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. She enjoys participating in outreach sessions and loves meeting other members of the JC. Lauren participated on the Gala Planning Committee in 2015 and helped secure monetary & in-kind sponsors, as well as many silent auction items. She is excited to be involved with planning a wide range of events this year and hopes to continue to expand upon the JC’s great successes. If you have any ideas, suggestions or want to help plan an event, please reach out and let her know!

Outreach Chair

Hayley Strichman

Hayley became an active member of the Junior Committee in September 2014. After losing her grandmother to Alzheimer’s, Hayley wanted to do her part to raise awareness and funding for the disease. Volunteering has always been a big part of Hayley’s life—she spent many mornings at an Assisted Living Facility throughout high school, and went on to be Community Service Chair of her sorority in college. Hayley currently works in entertainment public relations, and is looking forward to a great year filled with successful events, a fabulous gala, and new members attending outreach!

Science Advisor

Andrew F. Teich, M.D.-Ph.D.

Dr. Teich provides scientific guidance to the committee, and answers questions about recent developments in the scientific community that improve our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia. Dr. Teich graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University in 1998, and then pursued both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He graduated from Columbia with both doctoral degrees in 2006. He then stayed at Columbia and completed a residency in anatomic pathology and a fellowship in neuropathology. He was subsequently hired onto the faculty at Columbia, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and an Attending Physician in the Division of Neuropathology. Dr. Teich is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology, and has dual board certification in both anatomic pathology and neuropathology.