FY2024 Board of Directors

President – Jill Simek
Vice President – George Borderieux
Treasurer – Richard Cochinos
Secretary – Denise Daniello
Member at Large — Sabrina Peterson

Sheryl Cook
Melissa Liebner
Kara Thrasher-Livingston
Charlene Walker
Darrell Brown Sr.

Management Team

Executive Director – Lisa Sauder  
Director of Operations – Rob Lamano
Care Coordination Director Jennifer Ivory 
Development & Communications Director  April Powers Gunther 
Education Director Kay Papakristo

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Executive Director – Lisa Sauder


Lisa Sauder is an accomplished leader in the nonprofit sector, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to her role as the Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska (ARA). With a remarkable track record in nonprofit leadership, Lisa’s tenure spans over two decades.

Previously, Lisa served as the Executive Director of Bean’s Cafe, a prominent organization in Anchorage dedicated to addressing homelessness and hunger. Her strategic vision and leadership played a pivotal role in expanding the organization’s impact and reach within the community.

Before her role at Bean’s Cafe, Lisa was the Executive Director for the Alaska chapter of the American Heart Association, where her strategic approach and dedication significantly contributed to the success of the association’s mission to promote cardiovascular health and reduce the impact of heart diseases in Alaska.

Lisa is honored to join the ARA team, recognizing the transformative power of nonprofit organizations. Committed to enhancing the services and support provided by ARA, she is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Her extensive background in nonprofit leadership, coupled with her passion for serving the Alzheimer’s community, positions her well to lead ARA into its next phase of growth and impact.

Lisa works with a diverse board of directors, professional staff, family caregivers, and community partners across Alaska to oversee the organization’s effectiveness by providing strategic, operational, and inspirational leadership that is consistent with the mission, values, and principles of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. She resides in South Anchorage and enjoys fishing, hiking, bike riding and cooking for friends and family.