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Community Champion

Gail Roddie-Hamlin, MPH, CHES on behalf of the Alzheimer's AssociationGail Roddie-Hamlin, MPH, CHES

Gail Roddie-Hamlin is passionate about increasing awareness and knowledge of Alzheimer’s and related dementias throughout our Chapter and informing the public about the good work of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Association is dedicated to its vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. 

Gail is the current President and CEO for the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter and began her career with the Alzheimer’s Association in October 2011.  During her tenure, the Association has completed a successful audit process, is exceeding and/or meeting its goals in placing media impressions, reaching families and caregivers, recruiting congressional district Ambassadors and community Advocates, accelerating local research involvement, as well as having a solid fundraising year of 13% revenue growth in Walk events!  Gail and her staff along with committed Board members, Advisory Councils, and community leadership volunteers set their goals even higher this year with new Walk numbers and the launching of new programs that includes Volunteer Recognition events, Reason to Hope breakfasts and Purple Sundays, a new faith-based initiative. 

Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Gail began her career with the American Cancer Society as a Health Educator in California in 1981.  After a 20-year career in California where her last position was Regional Vice President for Los Angeles County, she moved east to Maryland in 2001 as the Chief Operating Officer for the Mid-Atlantic States and later to include seven states and Washington DC for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, serving a population of 39.8 million.  In this position, she was responsible for income development, field operations, marketing/communications, community mission delivery, volunteer development, diversity and inclusion and talent management initiatives. Later promoted to Executive Vice President for Community Outreach, she led a new initiative for the reduction of health disparities and oversaw multi-state grants and foundations, talent strategy, and targeted community fundraising.  She also owned a consulting firm, Hamlin & Associates, specializing in executive coaching and non-profit management.

Gail received a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a master’s degree in Public Health from California State University Long Beach (CSULB).  She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.  Gail was honored by CSULB and received the 1998 Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Health and Human Services, an award given annually to one recipient representing the health sciences.  She was also featured in Black Health Magazine February 2010, “Honoring 25 of the Most Influential African Americans in Healthcare” nationwide. 

Gail credits her mother whom she lost to breast cancer as “the catalyst to all of her accomplishments.”  Gail Roddie-Hamlin is a founding member of “Coach to Impact Executive Leaders” and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  She is married to Vincent and they have a daughter, Alisha, and a son, James.

The Alzheimer's Association

Learn more about the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association®  Greater Pennsylvania Chapter (AAGPA) serves 59 counties (out of the 67) in western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania through four regional offices located in Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, Erie and Pittsburgh.

The Alzheimer's Association® provides vital services and support to those individuals struggling with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, their families and caregivers.

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The Greater Pennsylvania Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The chapter uses 76% funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.

In 2012, AAGPA:

  • Provided 1,864 Care Consultations, which equals $1.7 million in private services at no charge to families
  • We responded to 4,954 Helpline Calls
  • Presented 636 programs to 14,701 individuals
  • Assisted 198 Support Group meetings 1,427 times with 8,677 attendees
  • Made the National Alzheimer’s Plan and the Pennsylvania State Alzheimer’s Plan a reality
  • Helped fund over $12 million in dementia-focused research projects
  • Brought together over 10,000 Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants in 31 walks across the state.

AAGPA operates a 24 hour/7days a week Helpline (1-800-272-3900) that can accommodate 170 languages and dialects. Our staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals can call us anytime if they have questions about or need information regarding:

  • Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, medications and treatment options, brain health and care options
  • How the Association can help you
  • Caregiving tips and respite care options
  • Services available in your community and referrals
  • General questions regarding any services, events or Chapter activities
  • Emotional support.

The Alzheimer’s Association® is the largest nonprofit funder of dementia research and has played a role in every significant dementia discover in the past 30 years. 

The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer's disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer's research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level. We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a state and national priority. 


Our annual Walk to End Alzheimer's ® is our largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. These walks occur throughout the state in September and October. Sign up, today! 

With enduring commitment of staff and volunteers and the continuing generosity of our donors, the Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Pennsylvania Chapter will continue to serve more people who need us and ultimately see a world without Alzheimer’s.



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