Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Foundation of America

Steve Israel

Congressman Steve Israel is Chairman of the Long Island University Global Institute and a university Writer-In-Residence.  He was a Member of Congress for sixteen years and served as House Democrats chief political strategist for four. President Bill Clinton called him “one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress.”  He also published a critically acclaimed satire of Washington entitled “The Global War on Morris”. His second novel, Big Guns, is expected to be published in 2018 by Simon & Schuster.

Israel is a political commentator on CNN. His insights appear regularly in “The New York Times,” “Washington Post,” “Foreign Affairs,” “6O minutes,” “Jon Oliver,” FoxNews, MSNBC and  elsewhere.

Israel graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Political Science. He has two daughters – one works as a farmer, the other in Pharma. His home is in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

Congressman Israel was instrumental in securing passage of funding for the Defense Department to research Alzheimer’s and potential links to bring injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Gerald (Jerry) Angowitz

Gerald Angowitz brings to AFA many years’ experience counseling companies on executive matters, general business management and human resources. Currently, he serves as managing director at Lloyd Staffing.

Angowitz has served on AFA’s board for a number of years. He was drawn to the post, in part, because of his personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease.

“I’ve served on a number of boards and am terribly impressed with the quality of commitment of AFA’s board members and staff,” he said. “It’s not a business; it’s an occupation of passion and love and it radiates throughout the organization.”

Barry E. Berg

Barry Berg, C.P.A., is treasurer of AFA’s Board of Trustees and managing partner, Nussbaum Yates Berg Klein & Wolpow, L.L.C. He has established himself as one of the New York tristate area’s leading advisors to entrepreneurs and their businesses.

AFA’s Phyllis and Milton Berg Family Respite Care Grants, awarded twice per year, are named for Berg’s parents, both of whom passed away in 2009. Berg’s mother, Phyllis, had Alzheimer’s disease and his father, Milton, lovingly cared for her during her nine-year illness.

Berg earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree from Hofstra University.

Luisa Echevarria

Luisa Echevarria is the former director, community empowerment at Univision Communications Inc. in Chicago, where she earned several Emmy awards for her campaigns and news productions. She has been a member of the board of directors of Chicago’s El Valor organization for over 20 years. She joined the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s board of directors in 2012, inspired by her memories of her mother and grandmother, both of whom lived with Alzheimer’s disease. She volunteers her time with several Latino serving organizations in the Chicago area including Association House, Casa Central, Mujeres Latinas en Accion and Arden Shore. She currently serves on the Mather Lifeway Institute’s Positive Aging for Latinos Study.

Luisa was born in Cuba and moved to the Chicago suburb of La Grange in 1961 where she graduated from Nazareth Academy. She attended Triton Community College and Loyola University. She has been a board member of El Valor since 1994, and recently joined the board of Mujeres Latinas en Accion. Luisa also volunteers her time to countless committees such as the Healthcare Alternative Systems Advisory Committee and the Latino Conference on the Media Committee. Luisa and her husband have lived in Chicago’s Lakeview community for the past 26 years.

Edward D. Miller

Edward D. Miller is chairman of the board of American Express Centurion Bank and a director of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. He is also a trustee of the New York City Police Foundation and Phoenix House, and a member of the AFA Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Miller is chairman of the Partnership for New York City’s Security and Risk Management Task Force.

Mr. Miller is the former president and chief executive officer of AXA Financial, Inc., and served as a member of the supervisory board and senior advisor to the chief executive of AXA Group from June 2001 to April 2003. He majored in finance at Pace University and completed management programs at Harvard and Columbia Universities. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Pace University, Long Island University and Lehman College. Mr. Miller also served in the United States Marine Corps.