Our Team

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


Executive Director

Heather Hooper

Passionate, strategic and a natural capacity builder, Heather Hooper has over 15 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit industry. After losing her father to lung cancer in 2005, she committed to working with organizations that are improving health while bolstering quality of life for those throughout her community. As she took several organizations from start-up mode to sustainable businesses, Heather cultivated expertise in strengthening team cultures, diversifying funding streams and building efficient systems. Currently, Heather is serving as the proud Executive Director at Dementia Alliance of North Carolina since 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 and the Executive Director of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina. 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.

Beyond her dedication to nonprofits, you’ll find Heather traveling to new places, running half marathons with her friends, sampling a variety of craft brews, listening to hours of podcasts, cheering on her NC State Wolfpack as well as spending time with her beloved kids and husband.

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 her career working with people with dementia, their families, and professional caregivers. 

She has been at Dementia Alliance since April of 1999. As Director of Family Services and Support, she works daily with families helping them through issues related to the disease process. She provides a safe place, a listening ear and an understanding heart. She guides them and gives them resources to help them through the journey. Dee Dee also leads caregiver support groups once a month and oversees all the DA-NC support group leaders across the state. 

Besides working with for Dementia Alliance, Dee Dee’s other loves are her
family and her church.

Senior Director of Programs

Lisa Levine

Lisa Levine, BS, CDP, is the Senior Director of Programs for Dementia Alliance of North Carolina.

She is responsible for educational outreach and the implementation and evaluation of DANC’s programs and services.

Lisa collaborates with government agencies, colleges, other non-profits, faith-based and service-related organizations to implement the mission of Dementia Alliance of North Carolina which is to provide support, services, and resource information to North Carolinians with dementia, their families and the community-at-large.

After graduating college, Lisa began working in skilled nursing facilities as an activity director. It was there she learned how passionate she is about assisting people with dementia and their families. To this day she continues to work toward improving the quality of life for people living with cognitive impairment and dementia.

Music & Memory Program Coordinator

Phoebe Brush

Phoebe Brush, MS, is a Durham, NC based documentary artist and narrative gerontologist with a focus on creative engagement with older adults. A master multitasker, Phoebe has spent the last several decades striving to maintain an artistic practice in addition to building a career in nonprofit management and arts administration.

In 2021 she earned a Master’s in Gerontology from UNC Greensboro where her research interests were narrative medicine and the role of the arts in health and wellbeing. She is passionate about increasing access to personalized music as a vital therapeutic for those living with dementia and their care partners.

In her spare time, Phoebe enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and speaking Spanish with anyone who is up for chatting.

Marketing Manager

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.

Development Director

Morgan Zoellner

Morgan is passionate about building relationships and connecting with others to make a positive impact in the community.

She joined the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina in 2022.  Morgan began her nonprofit career after two years of national service with AmeriCorps. Since then, she has worked for large and small nonprofits in Tennessee and North Carolina.  In her role as Development Director with the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina she works closely with supporters to improve the lives of all North Carolinians impacted by dementia.

Outside of work, Morgan enjoys drinking strong coffee and spending time with her family.

Administrative Assistant

Jean Lembke

Jean joined Dementia Alliance of North Carolina in February 2021. She was led to this organization after watching her father care for her mother who lived
with dementia for several years. Jean is passionate about ensuring families impacted by dementia get the support, resources and education they need
and deserve.

Before joining DANC, Jean worked in Scholarships and Financial Aid at NC State University. She has a passion for helping others, especially through complicated and detailed processes. Jean manages the office at DANC and will be the one who answers the phone when you call! She will make sure you get what you need!

Outside of work, Jean enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing
pickleball, and being out and about in Raleigh.

Director of Finance

Lynne Hicks


Andrea Bozoki, MD
Memory Disorders Clinic, UNC Chapel Hill

Josh Chapin
ABC 11

Amy Cipau
Lung Cancer Initiative of N.C.

Randy Fraser
Retired, Time Warner Cable

Gary Fuquay
Fuquay Solutions

Eric Larsen, Treasurer
Larsen Group

Tara Lau, Chair-Elect
North State Bank

Steven Martin
Constellation Quality Health

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

Tim Murray, Chairman

Adrienne Schutte

Lynnette Sommers
Guardian Angel Thrift

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