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Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Appoints Four New Board Members

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, a national organization focused on the care needs of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, has appointed four new members to its board of trustees, including legal and financial experts and the executive of a grassroots Alzheimer’s organization.

The new board members are: Rosemary Hudgins of Gulfport, MS; Howard M. Applebaum of Oceanside, NY; Louis DiGiacomo of Fort Salonga, NY; and Terence E. Smolev of Jericho, NY.

Hudgins serves as executive director of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of the South – Mississippi Division, Gulfport, MS, an AFA member organization. She is also an active member of the Vulnerable Adult United Leadership Team, a voluntary organization of professionals that works to improve services for the elderly and other vulnerable populations in Mississippi.

A 27-year veteran of the banking industry, Applebaum is executive vice president and chief lending officer of Sterling National Bank, NY, and a senior vice president of the bank’s parent company, Sterling Bancorp. He oversees all commercial lending activities at the bank.

DiGiacomo is vice president of national accounts at the Phoenix Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of The Phoenix Companies, Inc., Hartford, CT, where he is leads national accounts for life insurance and oversees operations in the metropolitan New York region and New England. He has worked in the insurance and financial services industry for more than 23 years.

Smolev is a partner in the law firm of Forchelli, Curto, Schwartz, Mineo, Carlino & Cohn, LLP, Mineola, NY, where he is in charge of the tax, trusts and estates department. He was an adjunct professor at Hofstra University Schools of Business and Law, Hempstead, NY, for more than 25 years.

“These individuals not only bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our board, but they are all committed to and passionate about AFA’s efforts to improve quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s chief executive officer. “They will provide us with valuable insight as we continue to build our organization to meet the increasing needs of the dementia population.”

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of more than 900 member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses. AFA’s services include a toll-free helpline, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call (Toll-Free Helpline) 866-AFA-8484 or visit

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 866-AFA-8484

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