Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Announces New CEO

MarieHeadShotThe Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond has named Marie Kolendo chief executive officer. Kolendo, who will succeed current Chapter CEO Sherry Peterson, will join the Association on July 27th. Peterson is retiring after serving the Greater Richmond Chapter for nearly 17 years.

“As the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond grows to meet the increased demand and needs of those living with Alzheimer’s and their families, we sought a leader with a personal connection to the disease, an individual with a long-standing commitment to our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s, and an individual with a proven track record of managerial and leadership success,” said Andrea Yoak, president of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Board.

“We are confident Marie will build upon the strong foundation laid by her predecessor and expand awareness, services, and programs for the thousands of individuals in our region faced with the daily challenges of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.”

Kolendo served on the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Board from July 2006 through December 2014 serving the Association in various capacities, including Board Chair and Treasurer, as well as positions with the Finance Committee, Program Committee, and Development Committee.

She has also served as the Board representative at the Alzheimer’s Association Delegate Assembly and has been very engaged in advocacy; most recently serving as an Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Senator Tim Kaine.

Kolendo spent 16 years at Genworth in various positions; most recently serving as Vice President of Long Term Care In Force Management where she provided leadership in the development and implementation of analytical models to evaluate trends in the Company’s insurance population and identified opportunities to improve performance.

Her other positions at Genworth included: Chief Risk Officer – Long Term Care, and Controller – Long Term Care.

“I am incredibly excited to join the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond and I am humbled to follow Sherry’s incredible success and to become part of a team that I have immense respect and admiration for,” said Kolendo.

“When my very close friend was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I witnessed first-hand the incredible amount of support and counseling provided to her and her family by the Association staff and I know we will continue to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals with the disease, as well as their family and their caregivers.”

Prior to Genworth, Kolendo was controller at Connectool/Paladin Tools and an auditor with Ernst and Young. She received a B.S. in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University; an M.B.A. from Averett University; and is currently completing a certificate in Non-profit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University.

She lives in Manakin-Sabot with her husband, Wojciech.

To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter, please visit


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