The San Diego chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has announced a “change of the guard” for its board of directors.

This year’s incoming board includes a new chair and an internationally known vice chair. The new chair is David Crean, Ph.D. He is managing director at Objective Capital Partners, LLC. Dr. Crean has more than 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions and as a financial advisory specialist with a core focus on the healthcare sector.

“I was attracted to the Alzheimer’s Association given their focus on policy, advocacy and research. My personal connection to the disease is what motivates me to being involved and making a difference,” he said.

Coming on board as vice chair is Dr. Rema Raman, a tenured professor of neurology and the director of biostatistics at the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. A board member since 2016, Dr. Ramen has also served as its diversity and inclusion chair.

“Organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association have become a critical component in the search for treatments and eventually a cure through local, national and global; collaborations,” Ramen said.

Joining the board July 1 will be Edward Cox, executive vice president strategic alliances and global head of digital medicine at EVERSANA, and Shelley Saban, CEO of Alan Ram’s Proactive Training Solutions. Both individuals are industry leaders with long histories of dedication to nonprofits, according to the association.

Other members of the board include: Dr. James Brewer, director of the UCSD Alzheimer’s Research Center, Mark McDonald, executive director at LegalShield Business Solutions, Andrew Newman, COO at Vivreon BioSciences, Scott Patterson, financial advisor at Edward Jones, Dr. Lisa Delano Wood, associate professor at the UCSD Department of Psychology, Dawn Barry, co-founder and president at Luna DNA, Doral Fredericks, senior consultant for Scientific Commercialization LLC, and Yolanda Rogers, Ed.D., executive leadership coach at the San Diego County Office of Education.

Outgoing Chair Charlie Deem, a partner at DLA Piper, will take the position of chair emeritus, He had served the board of directors as chair since 2015.

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Raytheon Technologies has stepped up to help Feeding San Diego combat the unprecedented need for food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis with a $278,000 gift. The aerospace and defense company’s donation will help the organization meet this on-going need that has grown by an estimated 50 percent due to the pandemic.

“The impact of COVID-19 on our communities has been swift and unprecedented,” said Greg Hayes CEO of Raytheon Technologies. The communities where our employees live and work are in need and it’s truly a privilege to support our friends and neighbors during the crisis.”

Feeding San Diego is one of 17 Feeding America member food banks receiving contributions from Raytheon Technologies. This gift to Feeding San Diego is part of a $5 million commitment to support local hunger-relief organizations across the nation.

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Voices for Children was awarded a $100,000 grant by The San Diego Foundation as part of its COVID-19 Community Response Fund. The funding will support the organization’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, which gives youth in foster care support and services through the advocacy of CASA volunteers.

During a time marked by uncertainty, the CASA program provides stability for youth in foster care by advocating to ensure their needs are being met. CASAs often serve as mentors and role models and are given the opportunity to provide valuable information to the court to help judges make the most informed decisions about the youths’ futures. The unique volunteer work helps reduce the likelihood of poverty, homelessness, and a cycle of dependency, according to VFC.

The San Diego Foundation works to inspire enduring philanthropy and enable community solutions to improve the quality of life in the region.