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Executive Director

Heather Hooper

A North Carolina native, Heather Hooper has more than a dozen years of experience
in the fields of nonprofit management and philanthropy.

Heather leads Dementia Alliance of North Carolina as the new Executive Director. Prior to her role with DA-NC, she was the Director of Development for the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University where she worked with donors and clients to provide over $1.4M in resources for the college.  Previously she was the Executive Director of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina. Under her tenure, the organization went from a startup to a sustainable organization which tripled in revenue and funded over $1.1M in lung cancer research. She also was instrumental in rebranding and developing new programs to serve the state’s lung cancer community.

Heather developed a passion for working in the nonprofit sector after losing her father to cancer in 2005. This experience gave her a strong appreciation for nonprofit organizations who improve the quality of life for people in our community.

Heather has a BA in Communication and a minor in Nonprofit Studies from North Carolina
State University.  She also has a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, listening to podcasts and
spending time with her husband, kids and dog.

Family Services Director

Dee Dee Harris

Since graduating from Concord University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, Dee Dee has spent the last 28 years working with people with dementia, their families and professional caregivers. 19 of those years have been spent with DA-NC.

Program Director

Lisa Levine

Prior to joining the staff of DA-NC, Lisa served as a corporate memory care specialist assisting independent, assisted and skilled care communities in seven states across the Southeast. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Florida, Lisa began working in skilled nursing facilities. It was there she learned her passion for assisting people with dementia and their families. 30 years have passed and she continues to work toward improving the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments.

Communications Specialist

Diana Shark

Diana has over 30 years of experience in non-profit, mission-oriented communications, corporate branding and customer relationship building. Originally from San Francisco, Diana moved to Washington DC to build her design career, achieving Art Director for a national non-profit fundraising agency by age 27.

After two agency leadership positions, Diana launched her own design firm with fellow coworkers and later transitioned to freelance work while raising her four children. More recently, Diana incorporated her creative skills with her concern for the environment by launching a creative reuse pilot project for Goodwill and relocated to Durham, NC in 2017 to serve as the Marketing Director for the Scrap Exchange.

In her free time as an emerging metal sculptor, Diana creates gates, landscape art and furniture from reused steel.

Event and Program Coordinator

Skylar Edwards

Director of Finance

Lynne Hicks


Lanier M. Cansler, Chairman
Cansler Collaborative Resources

Gary Fuquay, Treasurer
Fuquay Solutions

Eric Larsen, Vice-Chair
Larsen Group

Amy Cipau, Secretary
President & Founder
Lung Cancer Initiative of N.C.

Jonathan R. Bumgarner
Senior Contracts Analyst
Eaton Law Department

Yvonne Copeland
VP of Operations
Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME)

Millie Harper
Assistant General Manager
North Ridge Country Club

Tara Lau
Vice President, Commercial Banker
North State Bank

Randy Fraser
Time Warner Cable

Sandra Massey
Registered Nurse Executive
Evolent Health/Wake Med Key Comm. Care- WKCC

Tim Murray
Founder and President
Aware Senior Care, LLC

Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer, PhD
Joseph and Kathleen Bryan ADC,
Duke University