Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. has served as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) since 2014.
Under Fuschillo’s leadership, AFA has seen tremendous growth in its programs, services and presence across the country. AFA has grown to over 2,600 member organizations, and now has at least one member organization in every one of the 50 states. AFA has also expanded its national-toll free helpline hours to provide additional services, assistance and support to families in need throughout the United States.
A firm believer in empowering others through education, Fuschillo led AFA to launch a national, multi-year “Educating America Tour,” which brings “Concepts in Care” educational conferences to communities across the country. Each conference enables individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, caregivers and the general public to access Alzheimer’s-related information and learn about topics such as caregiver strategies and supports, research and clinical trials and safeguarding individuals with dementia from harm.
Fuschillo spearheaded the creation of AFA’s Education & Resource Center, which enabled AFA to greatly increase the number of professional training seminars and community/educational/therapeutic programs it is able to provide. He also guided AFA’s efforts to create a first-in-the-nation Respite Care Relief Park, a dementia-friendly place where individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers can go to enjoy the outdoors, socialize and learn about services available to help them. The park, located at Babylon Town Hall in Long Island, New York, will serve as AFA’s model for future sites across the country.
Serving and helping others has been a focus for Fuschillo throughout his life. Before joining AFA, Fuschillo served as a member of the New York State Senate for nearly 16 years, where he authored more than 200 state laws and served as Chairman of the Transportation and Consumer Protection Committees. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer of a nonprofit family service agency that served Long Island and New York City.
In recognition of his work at AFA and lifetime of community service, Fuschillo has been recognized with numerous honors, including The Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award from Long Island Cares, Inc.; the Pendl Badge of Courage Award; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Grand Lodge Foundation; and the Man of the Year award from the Merrick Chamber of Commerce. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Farmingdale State College.