About Memory Matters Utah & Nevada

Founded on March 23, 2012, Memory Matters Utah/Nevada, formerly the Alzheimer's and Dementia Society, meets the growing needs of our senior population. As a 501(C)(3) service organization in Southern Utah and Southeastern Nevada, we believe in passionately empowering individuals, families, and communities with support, education, and caregiving.  With the help of volunteers and the generous support of donors, we are able to walk alongside those who are navigating the difficult path of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and caregiving.

 

Staff:

LuAnn Lundquist
Founder/ Executive Director

LuAnn passionately serves caregivers and those with dementia in our community.

 

She is a 1976 graduate of Dixie State College and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1993 from Northern Arizona University with a BS degree in General Studies - Social and Behavioral Science with a minor in Anthropology.    

 

LuAnn is a licensed Therapeutic Recreational Technician (TRT)                    

 

LuAnn has worked in the field since 2002, serving as a Recreation Department Head in an SNF and as a Regional Manager and Statewide Education Coordinator for the Utah Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association before founding the nonprofit.

 

She has completed training in Maintain your Brain, Foundations of Dementia Care Trainer, Dementia Dialogues Trainer, and has been an in-home caregiver for family.

Jackie MacLellan 
PRN Thrift Store Assistant
Susan "Susie" Elliott
MMU Cook / Activities Assistant
Sarah McCammon 
Social Media / Administrative Assistant
Lucy Phillips 
Thrift Store Manager /  Activities Assistant
Michelle Hepworth
Activity Manager

Michelle came to Memory Matters at the beginning of 2020 with Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and Business Office Management Experience.

   

As the Activity Club Manager, she oversees therapeutic and recreational activities under the supervision of a licensed TRT.      

Michelle has strong leadership skills and believes that people of all ages fare better in life when they’re physically, socially, and mentally active.   

 

Michelle has completed 10 hours of dementia care training and will soon be certified in Dementia Dialogues.

Janet Thatcher Labrum
Program Director

Janet came to us in 2015 as the Activity Coordinator after working professionally in the senior care industry for 10 years - during which she also cared for family members with dementia.

 

As a Dementia Dialogues graduate, she now serves as Program Director where she is instrumental in organizing Early Stage Memory Loss courses, facilitates caregiver support groups in St. George, Utah, and Mesquite, Nevada. She excels at helping caregivers with coping strategies, referrals, and cognitive assessments.

The most important thing she hopes to convey to clients is that they are not alone in this journey.

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Board Members:

Executive Board
Executive Board (cont.)

Jenny Jones - Executive President

Founding Partner in the law firm of Faux, Walker, and Jones. PLLC

Connie Zdunich - Retired Marketing Professional

Spilsbury Mortuary

St. George, UT

Tony Wrigley - Executive Vice President, Treasurer

Geriatric Health Care

St. George, UT

 

Kim Boyer - Retired Physician Assistant

Hurricane, UT

Harold Tanner - DBA FUN ART Director

ISID Interior Designer and Display World Magazine Design Gold Medalist

Represented by Hayden-Hayes Broadmoor Gallery

Member Emeritus Executive Board:

Sharon Shores - Board Specialist / Interfaith

Registered Nurse

Hurricane, UT

Mary Hatch - Board Specialist / Accounting

Washington, UT

Kurt B. Lundquist - MPT / Founding Emeritus Board Representative 

Coral Desert Rehabilitation

St. George, UT

LuAnn Lundquist BS, TRT

Board President

Founder and Executive Director

Rodney W. Smith

Executive President

Retired leader in sales and marketing Ruters Newspaper, California

Jerry Rasmussen

Board Treasurer

Deputy Auditor

Washington County Clerk/Auditor's Dept.

Murray Gubler

Board Specialist

Retired Bank Executive

St. George, UT

Thomas J. Adams

Founding Board Treasurer

St. George, UT

Beth Cottam

Exec. Sec./Treasurer

Social Worker, Retired Director of Human Services and Aging, Published Author 

Mitzi Pollock Sullivan

Caregiver, Former Office Manager

Alzheimer Association

St. George, UT

Jone' Koford

Board Specialist

Operations Officer for Senior Services

Dixie Regional Medical Center

Member Emeritus Advisory Board:

Nick Lang

CPA with Hinton Burdick, MBA,

Financial Planner

Carolyn Stuercke, LCSW

Founding Board Member

LCSW Social Worker

Applegate Home Health & Hospice

Teri Koenig, MS

Founding Board Member

Intermountain Health Care

Health and Performance Center

Tyler Hoskins

Civil Engineer, Project Manager

Jviation, Inc.

Lisa Beck,BS

Public Relations Manager

Frontline Public Involvement

Patrick Sapio

Founding Board Member

Social Worker, Speaker, Teacher

Clfford "Bill" Chaney

Executive VP, Retired Director of Human Services & Aging, Leader in Aviation w/

United Airlines, FedEx, SkyWest & FAA

Ruth Handley

Retired Educator

US Department of Defense​

Laura Alldredge

MS Edu /Special Education Endorsement

Cognitive Trainer

 

Lane Ronnow

Producer/Host

"A Story To Tell" DSU CEC-TV

Marjory Atkinson, RN

Retired Nursing Teacher

St. George, UT

Theresa Shinedling

Psychotherapist

Martin Shinedling

Neuro Psychologist

Kim Likens

Director of Volunteer Services

Applegate Homecare & Hospice