Southwest Region

Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah

AFTD Regional Coordinator Volunteer

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 [email protected] and an AFTD staff member will be happy to assist you.

Southwest Regional Coordinator Volunteer

Kathy Urban

[email protected]

Research and Medical Centers with FTD Focus

  • Cleveland Clinic, Las Vegas – Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
    Director: Jeffrey Cummings, MD
    888 West Bonneville
    Las Vegas, NV 89106
    Contact: 702-483-6000
  • Mayo Clinic – Scottsdale
    13400 East Shea Boulevard
    Scottsdale, AZ  85259
    Contact: 480-301-8484
  • University of California, San Diego – Perlman Neurology Clinic
    Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
    UCSD Movement Disorders Program: Dr. Irene Litvan, Director
    9350 Campus Pt. Drive
    La Jolla, CA  92037
    – For appointments at the Perlman clinic call: 858-657-8540
    – For information about FTD related research and how to participate call the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center: 858-822-4800
    – For the Movement Disorders Program call Ronarah Roberson at (858) 822-5871, or email [email protected].
  • University of California, San Francisco – Memory and Aging Center
    350 Parnassus Ave.  Suite 706
    San Francisco, CA  94117
    Contact: (415) 476-6880
  • University of California, Los Angeles – FTD Clinic
    10911 Weyburn Ave., Suite 200
    Los Angeles, CA  90095
    Contact: 310-794-2550
  • University of Utah Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR)
    Cognitive Disorders Clinic – Imaging & Neurosciences Center
    729 Arapeen Dr.
    Salt Lake City, UT  84108
    – Danielle Justesen, Clinic Coordinator: 801-585-7575 or [email protected]
    – For more information about research at CACIR call the Memory Study Line: 801- 587-7888

Support Groups in this Region

Denotes 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 to affirm the date and time, as both are subject to change.
Not seeing an FTD support group near you? Contact the AFTD HelpLine ([email protected], 866-507-7222) to learn how to start one.

AZ – Phoenix 2nd Tuesday of the month from 12:30 p.m.–2 p.m. Maribeth Gallagher, DNP
Hospice of the Valley
Michele Grigaitis
[email protected]
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
901 E Willetta Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85006
(Meets in Third Floor Library)
CA – San Diego 1st Wednesday of the month from 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Tracey Truscott
[email protected]
In the conference room at the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, University of California, San Diego (not on campus).
CA – Sacramento
Alzheimer's Association Logo
4th Wednesday of the month from 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Ed Fargusson
[email protected]
Sacramento Area Alzheimer’s Association
Shriner’s Hospital on the UC Davis Medical Center Campus
7th Fl. Board Rm.
2425 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95817
CA – Los Angeles/Orange County area

Alzheimer's Association Orange County Logo
3rd Tuesday of the month from 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Donna Velarde, LCSW
[email protected]
Alzheimer’s Orange County
Suite 200
2515 McCabe Way
Irvine, CA
CA – San Luis Obispo

4th Saturday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Liz Johnston
[email protected]
or (805) 471-8102
11549 Los Osos Valley Rd., Suite 109, San Luis Obispo, CA. (Parking is in the back of the building off of El Tigre St.)
CA – San Francisco 2nd Thursday of the month from 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. [email protected]
[email protected]
Sandler Neurosciences Center/
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
Rm. 140A
675 Nelson Rising Lane
SF, CA 94143
CA – San Francisco
*(those caring for loved ones with CBD/PSP)
 Sundays, about every six weeks, from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. (call for schedule) Robin Riddle
[email protected]
Mimi’s Cafe
2208 Bridgepointe Parkway
San Mateo, CA 94404
CO – Boulder 3rd Thursday of the month, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado
George Reynolds Branch Library
3595 Table Mesa Dr.
Boulder, CO 80305
CO – Denver 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s Association Helpline
Porter Adventist Hospital
Eagle Room
2525 S. Downing Street
Denver, CO
CO – Fort Collins

3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Missey Toomey
970 484-2542
970 689-6193
[email protected]
Andrea Maga
970  226-1544
[email protected]
Daz Bog Coffee
401 Mason Ct
Fort Collins, 80524
CO – Littleton

3rd Thursday of the month, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Gretchen Samuels
[email protected]
Mimi Moore
[email protected]
Littleton Adventist Hospital
Conference Rm. CR1 or CR2 (next to each other)
7700 South Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122
NV – Las Vegas

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 6:30-8 p.m. Lisa Radin
[email protected]
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
888 West Bonneville Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106
UT – Salt Lake City area

2nd Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Bonnie Shepherd
[email protected]
Sandy Senior Center
9310 South, 1300 East
Sandy, UT
UT – Salt Lake City area 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Jamie Gordon
[email protected]
Bingham Creek Library
4834 West 9000 South
West Jordan, UT 84081
UT – St. George

Contact facilitator for more information Bonnie Shepherd
[email protected]
St. George Library
88 West 100 South St
St. George, UT
*(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
[email protected]
National phone-based support group.  Contact facilitator for access number.

Not seeing an FTD support group near you? Contact the AFTD HelpLine ([email protected], 866-507-7222) to learn how to start one.

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