“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mary M. Barnes is one of the founding members of Alzheimer’s Community Care. She has been the organization’s leader since its inception in 1996 and continues to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Mary has worked in the field of gerontology for her entire career, with her life dedicated to advocating for patients and caregivers coping with a neurocognitive disorder. Her mission is to ensure the well-being of all who have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease, while preserving their dignity and quality of life, ensuring their safety and security throughout the duration of the disease process, and implementing and leading an innovative model of care that provides services and resources that are accessible, affordable, individualized, and within a community-based environment. She serves on the Florida Special Needs Shelter Interagency Committee, the statewide Humana Advisory Council, the Florida Silver Alert Support Committee, and presently she chairs the Florida Lost on Foot Silver Alert Task Force.
Kris Riedell, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Kris Riedell is Chief Operating Officer for Alzheimer’s Community Care. Kris has served in this role since January 2015. In this capacity, she assists the Chief Executive Officer in the strategic plan and aggressive and successful growth of the organization. Through a respectful, constructive and energetic style, guided by the goals and objectives of the organization, the
Karen Gilbert, RN, MS, CDP
Vice President of Education & Quality Assurance
Karen Gilbert is a Registered Nurse and has worked in health care administration in Palm Beach County for over 35 years. For the past six years, Karen has worked with patients experiencing various stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and related neurocognitive disorders. In working with these patients and their families, Karen has promoted highly individualized care planning methods to maintain and optimize patients’ abilities, coach and support caregivers and improve quality of life for those affected by these diseases. Karen holds Certification in Alzheimer’s disease training, and is recognized as a Certified Dementia Practitioner by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Karen presents educational programs for health care professionals, law enforcement and first responders, community groups, as well as area medical, nursing, social work and health administration students. Karen received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Health and Human Services from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
Vice President of Development
Kelly Elbin, our Vice President of Development, is responsible for planning and executing strategies to develop donors and contributions to support Alzheimer’s Community Care. Elbin has more than 25 years of marketing and communications experience, including more than a decade serving as the Director of Communications for the PGA of America, one of the world’s largest sports organizations. In addition to overseeing all fundraising efforts of the organization, Elbin is responsible for enhancing the public awareness of Alzheimer’s Community Care. He graduated from the University of Richmond, with a bachelor’s degree in History. Elbin resides in Palm Beach Gardens.
Malaika C. Barlow
Vice President of Human Resources
Malaika C. Barlow began her career as an attorney in our nation’s capital working at two law firms -- McKenna & Cuneo LLP and Seyfarth, Shaw LLP. At both firms, she practiced employment law. In May of 2000, Malaika moved to South Florida to accept a position within the law department of Ocwen Federal Bank in West Palm Beach. As Senior Counsel and then Assistant General Counsel, she was responsible for all legal aspects relating to human resources. When she found her interests aligned more with assisting employers in maximizing their most valuable asset – their employees – Malaika retired from the practice of law. Since 2005 and until joining ACC, she worked as the Director of Human Resources for two home health agencies and Vice President of Human Resources at a local nonprofit. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Malaika remains a member of the Virginia Bar. She graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts, obtained a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from William & Mary's law school, and completed Villanova University’s Masters Certificate program in Human Resource Management. Malaika joined Alzheimer's Community Care in January 2016.
Vice President of Grants & Fund Development
Jonathan Price has over 14 years of experience in government and community relations, primarily as a lobbyist and nonprofit executive. Prior to serving in the role of Vice President of Grants and Fund Development, Jonathan served as both the Grants Coordinator for the City of Deerfield Beach’s Senior Services Department and as the City’s Grant Writer. Before moving to Florida in 2014, Jonathan was an independent lobbyist representing clients in tourism, energy, workforce development and technology. In addition to his lobbying, Jonathan also served as the Executive Director of a statewide nonprofit and a technology trade association. As the Vice President of Grants and Fund Development, Jonathan is responsible for identifying grant opportunities, drafting grant responses and overseeing grant funded activities for all of Alzheimer’s Community Care’s core service areas. Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Marshall University.