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Whitney DeMarlo Oeltmann
Co-Founder/CFO/Family Care Partner
When her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012, Whitney went looking for resources to help her Mom and Dad with next steps. She quickly became aware of the lack of community support and knowledge she assumed she would find. Deeply disheartened, Whitney and her mother Linda DeMarlo were determined to turn their struggles and negative experiences into positive action. Receiving her master’s degree in social work from Tulane University in 1999 Whitney uses her personal and professional experiences working one on one with individuals and families after a diagnosis of dementia. Serving as the founding family for Dementia Spotlight Foundation the DeMarlo’s desire is to provide a “guiding light” for discovering the direction and resources they had hoped to find.
Diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia at age 64, Robert Bowles, is a retired Pharmacist. Robert’s passion has led him to focus on “LIVING BEYOND DIAGNOSIS” and he serves as the Program Advisor for Dementia Spotlight Foundation. On the Board of Directors for the US Dementia Action Alliance, he also participates in their Advisory Council where each member is living with some form of dementia. Robert is active with Dementia Mentors serving as a mentor to persons diagnosed with dementia and he serves on the Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia State Plan Group. Robert is involved with the Lewy Body Dementia Association and participates with LBDA for local and national webinars and events . He is called upon by many organizations to share his story with groups wanting to learn more from someone living with the condition. Acceptance, Attitude, Socialization and Purpose have positively improved his quality of life.
Lee’s interest in aging studies began as an undergraduate when he majored in psychology and completed a double minor in gerontology. He went on to complete a master’s degree in community counseling along with a certificate in aging studies. Lee then worked as a counselor with people in the early years of the HIV epidemic and then shifted his focus to HIV prevention research.
Having earned a PhD in Public Health Medicine and Epidemiology, Lee oversaw large research projects and programs for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Lee has published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored national and international health care guidelines and policies. After decades of working in HIV, Lee has chosen to work with individuals living with dementia and their families as a counselor, advocate, and health navigator. Lee looks forward to working with the Foundation in developing, evaluating, and implementing evidence-based programs that lift the lives of people living with dementia and those who love and care for them.
Dementia Spotlight Foundation, Inc. is a Georgia Non-Profit Corporation which can be verified on the Georgia Secretary of State's website. In addition, the Foundation has received its approval from the IRS as a Private Operating Foundation fully qualifying under IRC Section 501(c)(3). A copy of the IRS approval letter can be found by clicking here. The Foundation's EIN is 81-2433400. All donations made to Dementia Spotlight qualify as a charitable contribution.
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