Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County announces new executive director

Published on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 19:37 - Written by EMILY GUEVARA, eguevara@tylerpaper.com

An East Texas native with years of experience in the public health and nonprofit sectors soon will lead the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County.

The nonprofit announced Stephanie Taylor as its new executive director. Ms. Taylor, who will start Monday, most recently served as the director of community outreach and public information officer at the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

She replaces Jana Humphrey, who served as executive director for 12 years before retiring.

In her new role, Ms. Taylor will lead a staff that provides services to more than 3,500 Smith County residents living with dementia, according to an Alzheimer’s Alliance news release.

“The board enthusiastically welcomes Stephanie to the Alliance,” board President Tom Holmes said. “She possesses strong leadership skills and valuable experience in our community that will help us meet the needs of a growing population in Smith County with dementia and their care companions.”

The alliance provides programs and services including free memory screenings, personal consultations, educational seminars, professional training, caregiver support and resources, and brain health awareness.

Ms. Taylor said she is excited about the opportunity to serve East Texans who deal with this disease and help lighten the load for their caregivers.

“Alzheimer’s is a devastating diagnosis, and the support services offered by the Alliance are a tremendous need in our community,” she said. “I feel that my leadership experiences and skills have brought me to this opportunity to serve and grow the Alliance.”

A Lindale native, Ms. Taylor is an alumna of Baylor University, where she studied business and psychology. She and her husband, Chris, have four children.

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