Celia Gruzalski knows memory disorders

Susan EspirituWest Knox County

The Genesis Neuroscience Clinic and the Tennessee Memory Disorders Foundation announces that its board of directors has appointed Celia Gruzalski as executive director of the foundation.

Gruzalski has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and counselor education, spending over 12 years working in the nonprofit sector in East Tennessee, most recently serving as founding executive director of Our Place Adult Day Center. Her previous experience includes executive director of CADES Adult Day Program, as well as several years of non-profit work with the geriatric community in Denver, Colorado, with Jewish Family Services of Colorado.

Gruzalski strives to promote advocacy and reduce stigma of individuals living with a dementia diagnosis and is passionate about empowering care partners through support and education. She believes in training and coordinating teams and volunteers to strengthen and build the services and support available to this population.

“I’m honored and thrilled to take this leadership position with the Tennessee Memory Disorders Foundation. At TMDF, our mission is to provide support for comprehensive community care for those with cognitive disorders and neurodegenerative dementias, and to mentor students and professionals to become future leaders in dementia care,” she said.

“I’m grateful to be part of an organization that has such support and expertise in its board of directors, a clinical staff that have a clear passion for their work, and a medical director with a vision to address an ever growing shortage of geriatricians by supporting, inspiring and mentoring students to enter the field of memory disorders, Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”

Medical Director Dr. Monica Crane states, “I am pleased that the board voted to appoint Celia as our executive director. She has a broad expertise on issues relevant to TMDF, and a strong intuition of the needs of the population we serve. I look forward to working with Celia and our team to promote and strengthen the foundation.”

Since its beginnings in 2021, TMDF has raised over $300,000 to offer students a clinic experience unlike any others available in the area and improve the care of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. To learn more, visit TMDFoundation.

Information and quotes provided by Genesis Neuroscience Clinic.

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