Barbara Monteith Senior Development Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern Virginia Chapter

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When I think of autumn in Virginia, the three things I think of first are cool temperatures, pumpkin spice coffee and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s! 

I am happiest when I’m able to spend quality time with family and friends. Good food and a nice glass of wine can contribute to happiness as well! 

The accomplishment in my life of which I am most proud is raising two intelligent, kind, independent children. My daughter Kelly is pursuing a career as an opera singer, and my son Ryan is a counselor. 

My most overused phrase is “We couldn’t do what we do without volunteers like you!” because I work for a nonprofit that relies heavily on volunteer engagement. No matter how many times I say it, it rings true every time. 

My biggest source of creativity comes from being out in nature. I love to kayak, ride bikes, hike and garden. 

My advice for business people in this community is to build partnerships with each other to see our community thrive. We all benefit when different businesses and community organizations work together. 

With October being Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, I hope that everyone reading this makes an effort to familiarize themselves with the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Currently there are 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and as the U.S. population ages, that number will continue to rise. You can learn more at

Something that I appreciate most from the Alzheimer’s Association community is the support offered to families currently living with the disease. 

The most helpful way to get involved in the Alzheimer’s Association is to volunteer! Participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, train to become a community representative or community presenter, advocate for funding and legislation to support people living with Alzheimer’s, host an educational program or participate in a clinical trial. To find out more, visit