RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — Adira Foundation announces the recent appointment of three board members: Kandy Ferree, managing director of ArtYard, Alan Hutson, managing partner of The Monument Group and Ian Kremer, executive director of LEAD Coalition (Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease).

Adira Founder and CEO Greg Smiley said he is honored to have their participation on the board and the expertise they all bring from the fields of health, philanthropy, alliance building and strategic management.

“We are now at full fighting strength with the addition of these three,” he said. “All three are kind, talented and committed to helping people dealing with neurodegenerative diseases. They each embody the core values of Adira Foundation, ‘alliance’ and ‘courage’ chief among them.”

Kandy Ferree has executive level leadership experience in nonprofit management, board and resource development, public health and philanthropy at the community and national levels. She currently serves as managing director of ArtYard, a contemporary, alternative arts center in Frenchtown, New Jersey. This career shift followed roles as founder and principal of 360 Strategy Group, a philanthropic consulting group, and a decade as president and CEO of AIDS United/National AIDS Fund. Her work forging innovative public-private partnerships is a driving force behind her interest in systems change in neurodegenerative diseases. Her early training as a gerontologist and current interests in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease intersect with her deep commitment to improving the lives of people with neurodegenerative diseases and family caregivers.

Alan Hutson is the managing partner of The Monument Group, which for 26 years has helped nonprofit organizations tap their fundraising potential. He is also a senior consultant at the management centre consulting (mc consulting), a London-based nonprofit management consultancy, and serves on the Decision Science team to help organizations change behavior in a pro-social way. His work has resulted in nonprofit organizations raising over $200 million (U.S.-based clients). His international engagements have included UNICEF, International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, Smile Train, and Médecins Sans Frontières. Hutson serves as The Monument Group’s representative for the Giving Institute, and he recently rotated off the board of AFP Global (the governing body of the fundraising profession). Locally, he has served on the boards of the local AFP chapter (past board chair), Circle Center Adult Day Services, and 1708 Gallery.

Ian Kremer has worked on federal, state and local dementia policy since 1996. Since 2012, Ian has served as executive director of the LEAD Coalition (Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease) the uniting voice of over 200 member and allied organizations accelerating transformational progress in care and support to enrich the quality of life of those with dementia and their caregivers, detection and diagnosis, and research leading to prevention, effective treatment, and cures. He serves and has served on numerous steering committees, boards and advisory committees, including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee, National Institute on Aging’s National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers, and CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative Roadmap and many more. He was an external reviewer for the 2021 National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report, “Meeting the Challenge of Caring for Persons Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners and Caregivers: A Way Forward.”

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