Our mission is to provide affordable and accessible adult day care and support services to families affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory impairment diseases. We do this by providing innovative adult day care programs, family support, case management, crisis intervention, family and community education, advocacy, information and referrals.


Our legacy begins with our founders, Dr. George G. Glenner and his wife Joy. Dr. Glenner, was a physician and Alzheimer’s researcher at the UCSD School of Medicine and worked tirelessly to better understand the pathology of the disease. He became world-renowned for his research and identification of the beta-amyloid protein. This protein is considered the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease and has allowed researchers to make valuable inroads.

While his discoveries and explorations helped to advance our knowledge, the concern for the families affected by Alzheimer’s provided the poignant foundation for our centers. The Glenners were very concerned with the enormous stress the disease puts on caregivers. They saw the day-to-day struggles of families desperate for help.

In fact, the organization was born out of a heartfelt response made by the Glenners after receiving a late night call from a family caregiver struggling with his wife’s dementia. The pressures of caregiving had taken an emotional toll and this family caregiver wanted to end his wife’s life as well as his own. It was this experience that moved the Glenners to establish services for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and their passion and determination to help these families is what defines us today.

Fernando Moscoso

Fernando Moscoso

Amber Avery-Lewallen

Amber Avery-Lewallen

Programs and Services Support Specialist
Uriel Perez

Uriel Pérez

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Gloria de Aragon Baker

Gloria de Aragon Baker

Director of Philanthropy
Mindy Baker

Mindy Baker, Ph.D.

Director of Education
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Marti Wesala

Memory Café Coordinator


Marge Galante, R.N., B.S.N

Hillcrest Program Director

Sheila Argeanton, B.S.

Encinitas Program Director


Each year, the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, Inc.® award a select group of employees the Admiral Ridenour Award in recognition of the staff members who, as judged by their peers, have provided the Glenner Centers with outstanding service.

The 2017 awards were granted to:

Bhanumati Kumar – Program Aide at our Encinitas Center
Maria Stefanic – Activity Coordinator at our Hillcrest Center
Shannon Santos – Program Aide at our Hillcrest Center

Encinitas Past Recipients

2003 Corazon Sirio
2004 Maria Perez
2005 Corazon Sirio
2006 Maria Perez-Romero
2007 Betty Labolle
2008 Corazon Sirio
2009 Debbie Henson
2010 Lisa Pena
2011 Uriel Perez
2012 Uriel Perez
2013 Rocio Molina
2014 corazon Sirio
2016 Kristi Beria, RN

Hillcrest Past Recipients

2010 Christine Tiede
2011 Mariana Garcia
2012 Maria Stefanic
2013 Shannon Santos
2014 Tina Rakowski, RN
2015 Theresa Gonzalez
2016 Wendy Vue, CNA

Chula Vista Past Recipients

2010 Coming Soon
2011 Coming Soon
2012 Coming Soon
2013 Coming Soon
2014 Coming Soon
2015 Coming Soon
2016 Coming Soon



George G. Glenner, M.D. (1927-1995)
Joy Glenner, President Emeritus

Board of Directors


Howard Smith, Chair
Linda Jahnke, Vice Chair
Jill Osmars, Treasurer
Linda Jahnke, Secretary


Dawn Egan
Kie Copenhaver, CSA, RCFE, RHIA
Julie Derry, MBA, CSA
Douglas Callant

Advisory Council

Dr. Daniel D. Sewell, M.D., Chair

Amy Abrams, M.S.W., M.P.H., C.M.C.
Dominick Addario, M.D.
Mohammed Ahmed, M.D.
Diane D. Beach, ED.D.
Ruth Covell, M.D.
Mario Garrett, Ph.D.
Mary Ellen Gross, M.S.
Kenneth Khoury, M.D.
Neil Levine, M.D.
Rick Mendlen
Hoang Nguyen, M.D.
Michael Rafii, M.D., Ph.D.
Jairo Romero, M.D.
Mark H. Tuszynski, M.D., Ph.D.
Lisa Delano-Wood, Ph.D
Peter J. Whitehouse, M.D., Ph.D.