Our Team

Email us info@DementiaNC.org to connect with our team!


Executive Director

Heather Hooper

A North Carolina native, Heather Hooper has 15 years of experience in the fields of nonprofit management and philanthropy.

Heather has led the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina since August 2018. 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 and their caregivers.

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, Bo and kids, Jake & Stella.

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.

Director of Finance

Lynne Hicks

Events Coordinator

Skylar Edwards

Skylar is a young professional with interactive experience in the fields of museum studies and nonprofit management. 

Skylar grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After interning in Washington D.C. for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Skylar went on to graduate from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a Master of Arts degree in Museum Science and Management. Skylar focused her education on art therapy and published her 2018 thesis, Art Therapy: Creating Alongside People Living with Dementia, through InterpNEWS. 

After spending four years as a museum educator and designing arts engagement programs for people living with dementia, Skylar knew she wanted to work in a similar role within a nonprofit setting after college. 

Administrative Assistant

Jean Lembke


Gary Fuquay, Chairman
Fuquay Solutions

Amy Cipau, Vice Chair
Lung Cancer Initiative of N.C.

Lanier M. Cansler, Treasurer
Cansler Collaborative Resources

Yvonne Copeland, Secretary
Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME)

Andrea Bozoki, MD
Memory Disorders Clinic, UNC Chapel Hill

Randy Fraser
Retired, Time Warner Cable

Laura Gaddis
Guardian Angel Thrift

Millie Harper
North Ridge Country Club

Eric Larsen
Larsen Group

Tara Lau
North State Bank

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

Tim Murray
Aware Senior Care, LLC

Adrienne Schutte

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