Who We Are

Founding Board Members

Jim and Geri

Since 2012, Jim & Geri Taylor have spoken to over ten thousand people around the US and Europe in order to educate others about the disease, reduce stigma, and encourage participation in clinical trials. In 2020, Geri and Jim Taylor were awarded the Perennial Hero Award by Alliance for Aging Research for their Alzheimer’s advocacy. Together, the Taylors created the concept for and led the development of the MAP program.

Jim Taylor, MBA

Jim Taylor has a math degree from DePauw University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Mr. Taylor’s military service in the US Army included tours in Washington and Europe. During his 30 years in IBM finance, Mr. Taylor served four years as President of the Board of Education in White Plains, New York. Mr. Taylor currently serves as an FDA appointed Alzheimer’s Patient Advocate, attending FDA meetings to review new drugs and devices. He also serves as the research and clinical trials advocate for the MAP program.

Geri Taylor, MPH, RN

Geri Taylor has an MPH from Columbia University with a concentration in biostatistics and an RN degree. During her 45-year career, she was a successful health care executive in New York City, serving in senior executive positions at Beth Abraham Hospital and the Jewish Guild for the Blind. Ms. Taylor’s legacy includes developing a Medicare/Medicaid program to provide medical services to nursing home eligible seniors, enabling them to remain at home. This program is now serving approximately eighty thousand people in New York City. Ms. Taylor was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2012, and currently serves as a MAP program advisor.

Sarah Walter, MS

Sarah Walter has a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from King’s College, London. She is the Program Administrator for the Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Consortium (ACTC) and for the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI) at the University of Southern California. Ms. Walter is currently leading multiple initiatives to facilitate two-way engagement between participants and researchers. She draws on 20 years of experience across the spectrum of clinical trials, from participant recruitment, conducting assessments, to clinical monitoring, data management, and project and program administration. Ms. Walter chairs the ACTC Research Participant Advisory Board and is co- chair for the Advisory Group on Risk Evidence Education for Dementia (AGREED) Community Stakeholder subcommittee. She is the MAP NYC pilot program evaluator.

CaringKind Leadership

Eleonara Tornatore-Mikesh

Eleonara Tornatore-Mikesh is the President and CEO of CaringKind. After graduating from college, she trained as a specialist in aging and dementia at CaringKind, formally known as the Alzheimer’s Association of New York City, working as a research associate for two years on a New York State Department of Health grant on culture change in nursing homes and assisted living residences. Mrs. Tornatore-Mikesh then spent almost 14 years at a premier assisted living community in Connecticut, as the Executive Director. More recently she was the CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Connecticut Chapter. Prior to joining CaringKind, Ms. Tornatore-Mikesh was a senior executive for an Assisted Living on New York’s Upper East Side, charged with program development.

Jed A. Levine, MA

Jed A. Levine has a master’s degree in Applied Human Development with a specialization in Gerontology and Community Recreation Services from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Mr. Levine is President Emeritus and Director of External Relations at Caring Kind, The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving, formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, where he has been on staff since 1990. Mr. Levine was most recently President and CEO, and formerly the Executive Vice President and Director of Programs. He is the author of numerous articles on Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s care and the co-author of chapters on both Hospital Care and Disaster Preparedness for persons with dementia. In 2019 and 2020, Mr. Levine was recognized as a leader in New York City & State’s Top 50 and Top 100 Health Power list.