The mission of the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) is to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia, and their caregivers.

Every member of our LIAF staff is here to help you and your family, from the moment you talk to us on the phone to the minute you arrive for your first program. We care about your health, your happiness and your satisfaction with our services and programs as if you were a member of our family. Please feel free to contact any of us via the e-mail addresses listed below.

For general inquiries, please contact us at 516-767-6856 or info@liaf.org.

Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation Staff


Tori Cohen, LCSW
Nancy Leghart
Susan Derespiris
Christine Rice
Christina Sandstrom
Sharon Langone

Social Workers

Melissa Katz, LMSW

Lindsay Knudsen, LMSW

Carissa McDermott, LMSW

Day Programs

Gloryanne Pinar-Chin
Cassie Chung
Mark Creem
Mavis Lawrence
Caitlyn Langan
Gary Cobbs

In-Home Respite

Lucy Escoto
MaryAnn Emerick
Lauren Kahaner


Peter Cacciola
Ron Carentz
Ed Cummings
Larry Hymowitz


Executive Director
Director of External Affairs
Financial Director
Community Outreach & Events Coordinator
Administrative Assistant
Database Coordinator


Director of Early Stage Programs/
  Director of In-Home Respite
Director of Happy Days/
  Director of Interns and Volunteers
Director of Late Stage Programming/
  Director of Transportation


Early Stage and Brain Fitness Facilitator
Program Assistant
Program Assistant
Program Assistant
Program Assistant
Program Assistant/Respite Companion


Respite Companion
Respite Companion
Respite Companion