Our Board of Directors

    Ami Simms (Flint, MI) is our Founder and Executive Director. She is also the Co-curator of "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" and curated "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece," which is now retired. She maintains the non-quilt portion of the AAQI web page. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the AAQI as well as "the big picture."


    Susan Pain (Houston, TX) along with Kathy Kennedy-Dennis, is part of the Houston support team when the AAQI visits the International Quilt Festival. Susan had family members with Alzheimer's and dementia.


    Debbie Chenail (Swartz Creek, MI) is our Treasurer. She is also the shipping liaison with Mallery Press, Inc. who handles fulfillment for items ordered on this web page. Debbie's mother is a quilter.


    Niki Gottesman (Jupiter, FL) is a new quilter and our researcher. She keeps statistics on social media. Niki's aunt had Alzheimer's.


    Kathy Kennedy Dennis (Houston, TX) is our on-call quilter, and along with Susan Pain she is part of the Houston support team when the AAQI visits the International Quilt Festival. Kathy's mother-in-law had dementia. Kathy is co-curator of "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" and administers the "Quilt-A-Month Club" program.


    Jennie Simms (Kalamazoo, MI) is our scientific research "consultant." She keeps track of the "Patrons of Our Art" program. Her grandmother had Alzheimer's.


    Beth Hartford (Wadsworth, IL) is our Secretary and Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt registrar. She also receives quilt registration data from quilt donors, builds web pages for donated quilts, emails donor with quilt numbers, and archives HTML coding. She uploads "Patron of Our Arts" data and creates web pages. Beth's father had Alzheimer's.


    Diane Petersmarck (Evanston, IL) receives Priority: Alzheimer's quilts, emails donor acknowledgements, creates digital quilt images and uploads them to web site. She also prepares the AAQI web site for auction purchases, emails winning bidders, moves sold quilts off the Quilts For Sale page, uploads $1,000 Promise and Quilt-A-Month data to web page, and is the go-to person for all web page related emergencies. Diane's father had Alzheimer's.