The LBDA extends its deepest thanks and gratitude to Ms. Ronnie Genser, the 2009 LBDA Volunteer of the Year. Ms. Ronnie Genser has been an integral part of the LBDA team for the past four years. First joining the Board of Directors in 2006, Ms. Genser’s experience as a seven year member of a support group specifically for adult children of people who have a dementia as well as facilitating that support group for 3.5 years, quickly led to her role as the Support Group Coordinator for LBDA's National Support Group Network.
Beginning with just six support groups, Ms. Genser has greatly expanded the support group network which now includes 68 support groups spanning 26 states and the Canadian province of Ontario. The network continues to grow under Ms. Genser’s leadership, with new groups forming regularly. As LBDA's Support Group Coordinator, Ms. Genser interviews and trains all new support group facilitators and provides ongoing support to all facilitators in LBDA's support group network.
Ms. Genser resides in Sandy Springs, Georgia and is President of Genser International Consulting, an international sales and marketing consulting company. Her Mother was diagnosed with LBD in 2000 and passed away in March 2007.
Through Ms. Genser’s continued work with the Lewy Body Dementia Association, LBD families in the United States and Canada are being helped in more ways than ever before. We thank Ms. Genser for her unending dedication and passion, and look forward to the continued growth of LBDA's support group network.
Special thanks also go to Jim Manner and Irene Selak who were nominated for the 2009 Volunteer of the Year award. Mr. Manner volunteers as LBDA's Forum Administrator and reviews each new forum member application. His work helps ensure the LBDA Forums remain a place for open and honest discussions on many different issues.
Ms. Selak volunteers as an email responder for LBDA's peer-to-peer network, helping answer questions for family members and caregivers for those with LBD. Ms. Selak also moderates the LBDA Forum, helping provide much needed support to thousands of forum members.
Remembering Gwen Ross...
The LBDA would also like to honor the memory of Gwen Ross who passed away in 2009. Ms. Ross volunteered as the Caregiver Helpline Coordinator for many years, helping hundreds of caregivers find the information they needed at a time when they needed it most. Ms. Ross is truly missed.