About Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. -
President & Chief Executive Officer
Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing optimal care to people with Alzheimer's disease, and related dementias, and their caregivers and families.
Prior to being appointed AFA's CEO in January 2014, Fuschillo served as a New York State Senator, from the 8th District on Long Island, for 16 years. During his tenure in the senate, Fuschillo authored more than 200 state laws, including some of the country's toughest laws related to drunk driving, as well as the state's landmark Do Not Call Registry, insurance protections for people with autism, New York State's Clean Indoor Air Act to make worksites and public places smoke free, and tools to protect consumers from identity theft.
He most recently chaired the Senate's Transportation Committee, and was a member of numerous committees, including health.
Before his long political career, Fuschillo, a resident of Merrick, N.Y., served as the chief operating officer of a nonprofit family service agency serving LongIsland and New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.
Josie DiChiara -
Senior Vice President – External Relations
Josie DiChiara is Senior Vice President – External Relations at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. In this role, she oversees AFA’s relationships with member organizations and other stakeholders; orchestrates marketing activities; and leads the events and national programs team.
She has successfully built AFA’s branded events, including the “Together for Care” reception and “For the Love of George” cocktail party/concert series in various states; and grown various national initiatives, including National Memory Screening Day and the AFA Quilt to Remember.
DiChiara 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 BMG Entertainment and Allegro Corporation.
Eric Sokol -
Vice President-Public Policy
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.