Russell Rothman is the new board chair of Alzheimer’s New Jersey. (The group formerly was known as the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter.) He replaces Kathleen Townshend Dugan, who served in the position for three years and will become board vice chair.
Born in Teaneck, Mr. Rothman raised his family in Oradell and now lives with his wife, Nina, in Hackensack. He also is a national co-chair of the American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and former president of the JCC of Paramus/Congregation Beth Tikvah.
Mr. Rothman began his involvement with Alzheimer’s New Jersey almost 20 years ago, after his late mother developed the disease when she was in her 60s. The organization gave him the resources, supportive counsel, and services he needed to get his family through that difficult time. He became a volunteer with the group and then sat on its board for more than 15 years; he was the driving force behind establishing the organization’s annual fundraising Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s in Bergen County, now in its 14th year.
This year’s Northern Regional Walk will begin at Bergen Community College in Paramus on October 30. The Liberty State Park Regional Walk will be at Liberty State Park in Jersey City on October 1.
The walks start at 8:30 a.m. with registration and light breakfast. T-shirts will be distributed to all participants who attend the walks. There is no fee to register. Corporate, company, and individual sponsorships are welcome. Last year the walks raised more than $1 million, and Alzheimer’s New Jersey expects almost 10,000 walkers this year.
For information, call (888) 280-6055, go to alznj.org or email email@example.com.