South Central

Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas

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

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Awareness and Support Opportunities

AFTD Regional Coordinator Volunteers

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 Volunteers

Zoy Kocian: Texas and Oklahoma

Zoy Kocian

Rachel Castellanos: Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas

Zoy Kocian

Research and Medical Centers with FTD Focus

Houston Methodist Hospital

Frontotemporal Degeneration Unit
Nantz National Alzheimer Center
Houston Methodist Hospital
6560 Fannin St.
Scurlock Tower, 8th Floor
Houston, TX 77030

Contact: Victoria Arbones, RN, Clinical and Research Coordinator – 713-441-7650

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. – 214-645-8800

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)
LA – New Orleans area
First OR Second Wednesday of the month from 6-7:45pm
(Contact Facilitator for details as it varies based on room availability)
Jordan Daniels
(828) 577-3707
Robert E. Smith branch library
6301 Canal Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70124
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. 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. Jane Kovacs
972 437-2940
Conference Rm.
1960 Nantucket Dr.
Richardson, TX 75080
TX – Fort Worth area 1st Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. Brenda Geeslin
Contact facilitator for details.
TX – Cedar Park
1st Saturday of the month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Barbara Loewy
Steph McLain
(425) 686-5708
Silverado Memory Care Community
800 C-Bar Ranch Trail
Cedar Park, TX 78613
*Respite available. Call 512-986-7202 to RSVP
TX – Houston areaAFTD-logo-outlines Fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Chris Ward
Asad Abbasi
Hope and Healing Center
717 Sage Road
Houston, TX 77056
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.