Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA). Fuschillo was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer by the AFA Board of Trustees in 2014. Prior to his appointment as AFA’s President & CEO, Fuschillo served as a member of the New York State Senate for nearly 16 years. During his tenure in the senate, Fuschillo authored more than 200 state laws and chaired the Senate Consumer Protection and Transportation Committees and also served on the Senate Health committee.
Fuschillo previously served as the chief operating officer of a nonprofit family service agency serving Long Island and New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.
As President and CEO of the AFA, Fuschillo has grown AFA’s national presence, increasing critical assistance to individuals confronting dementia, caregivers and their families. For his work at AFA and a lifetime of community service, Fuschillo is a recent recipient of many awards including: Long Island Cares, Inc., Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Humanitarian Award, Francis X. Pendl Firefighters Award, 2014 Badge of Courage, Firefighters Museum; Lifetime Achievement Award, New York State Grand Lodge Foundation, Order Sons of Italy.
Josie Di Chiara is Senior Vice President – External Relations at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. In this role, she oversees AFA’s relationships with corporate partners, member organizations and other stakeholders; orchestrates branding activities; and leads the national programs, young leaders, fundraising and events division.
She has successfully built AFA’s branded events, including the “AFA Golf Classic” and “For the Love of Those We Honor” cocktail party/concert series in various states, as well as creating the AFA’s Young Leadership division’s Raise Your Voice For Care College Tour initiative. She has grown national initiatives, including National Memory Screening, the AFA Quilt to Remember and Light The Nation, as well as expanding the Foundation’s educational conference “Concepts In Care."
Di Chiara joined AFA as director of marketing in 2005 after extensive brand marketing, event planning and product development experience in the publishing, entertainment and hospitality industries. Previous positions included marketing posts at SONY/BMG Entertainment and Allegro Corporation.
Eric Sokol is vice president of public policy at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, heading up the foundation’s office in Washington and overseeing its advocacy strategy. He has a strong track record of advocating for the needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other vulnerable populations, advancing AFA’s recommendations for inclusion in the “National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease,” and weighing in on legislative and regulatory issues related to clinical care, long-term care and caregiving.
He also serves as AFA’s representative on numerous coalitions, including Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD), which AFA co-facilitates.
An attorney and leading healthcare advocate with in-depth knowledge of regulatory and legislative issues, Sokol joined AFA in November 2011 after an extensive career in government relations. He served for more than six years as director of the Power Mobility Coalition, a nationwide coalition of manufacturers, providers and beneficiaries of power wheelchairs and motorized scooters; and for nine years as deputy director of government affairs at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, a 6,000-member trade association whose membership includes home care and hospice providers, home medical equipment suppliers and caregivers.