South Central

Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas

Regional Network Coordinator | Research and Medical Centers with FTD Focus | Support Groups in this Region

Upcoming Events

Join Rachel Castellanos for an informal gathering of local families, friends, caregivers, persons diagnosed with FTD and professionals. Connect with others in the area whose lives have also been affected by FTD and learn more about AFTD events, programs and resources.
When: Wednesday November 16th, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library
Napoleon Room, 1st Floor
4747 W. Napoleon Avenue
Metairie, LA 70001
Please RSVP to Rachel at: or 504-669-4674 by November 11th.

Awareness and Support Opportunities

AFTD Regional Coordinator

AFTD’s regional coordinator volunteers are the “local” ambassadors for AFTD and the principal coordinator of volunteer activities focusing on awareness, fundraising and all other aspects of the mission in his/her region. They represent AFTD throughout their region and support the volunteers. Questions not related to volunteering should be directed to AFTD’s HelpLine at 866-507-7222 or and an AFTD staff member will be happy to assist you.

South Central Regional Coordinator
Zoy Kocian

Zoy Kocian

Research and Medical Centers with FTD Focus

Washington University, St. Louis

Memory and Aging Project
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
4488 Forest Park Ave., Suite 101
St. Louis, MO  63108

Contact: Dr. John Morris, Director – 314-286-2683

University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center

University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Clinical Research Center
4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway, MS 6002
Fairway, KS 66205

        Contact: 913-588-0555 or 913-588-6820 for the clinic appointment line

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Memory Research Unit Alzheimer’s Disease Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd. J4.140
Dallas, Texas 75390-9129

Contact: Kyle Womack, M.D. – 214-648-4565

University of Texas, Austin

The Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab
Moody College of Communication
300 W. Dean Keeton (A0900)
Austin, TX 78712-1069

Phone: (512) 471-3420

Maya Henry, PhD, CCC-SLP, Director

Support Groups in this Region

AFTD-logo-outlinesDenotes group is led by an AFTD affiliated leader who has participated in additional FTD training.
Note: Before attending your first group, please contact your facilitator for more details.


AR –  Little Rock
4th Thursday of the month from 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s Arkansas
Randi Halley, ph:870-703-6417
Alzheimer’s Arkansas
201 Markham Center Drive
Little Rock, AR 72005
KS – Johnson Co. 4th Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.. Michelle Niedens
First Presbyterian Church
621 South Lee Ave.
Olathe, KS
KS – Kansas City area
1st Wednesday of the month from 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Tam Smith
KU Clinical Research Center
Alzheimer’s Disease Center
4350 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66160
(Meetings are held in Suite 1200)
OK – Tulsa area 3rd Saturday of the month from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Debbie Mangeris
Maxwell Park Library
1313 N. Canton Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74115
OK – Tulsa area (*PPA Caregiver Group)
3rd Tues of each month at 6 p.m. Tiffany Turner
Swallowing & Neuro Rehab
2121 S. Columbia Ave.
Suite 470, Lower Level Conference Room
Tulsa, OK 74114

TX – Austin


2nd Tuesday of the month from 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Susan Eissler
Stephen Fenoglio
Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE)
3710 Cedar St.
Austin, TX 78705
TX – Dallas *(male caregivers group) Dates and times may vary. Contact facilitator for details. Lee Danis
Contact facilitator for details.
TX – Dallas
2nd Saturday each month (except December) at 11:30 a.m. Doris Booth              214-802-9324
Celebration Restaurant
4503 West Lovers Lane Dallas, TX 75209
TX – Dallas area 4th Tuesday of the month, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Pam Johnson
Conference Rm.
1960 Nantucket Dr.
Richardson, TX 75080
TX – Fort Worth area Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. Brenda Geeslin
Contact facilitator for details.
TX – Georgetown
1st Saturday of the month, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Barbara Loewy
Georgetown Public Library
(upstairs study room)
402 W 8th St.
Georgetown, TX 78626
TX – Houston area 2nd Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m. Angela Kimble

Chris Ward
Easter Seals-Houston (Neighborhood Centers, Inc. building)
4500 Bissonnet, Suite 350
Bellaire, Texas 77401
TX – San Antonio
4th Friday of the month, at 10:30 a.m. Dionne Coston
Shana Nissen
Alzheimers Association Building San Antonio
10223 McAllister Fwy
Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78216
*(Phone based for adult children affected by FTD) 3rd Thursday of the month from 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Led and organized by University of California, San Francisco:
Jamie C. Fong, M.S., CGC
National phone-based support group. Contact facilitator for access number.