Our Team

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Meet the people who have changed the face of Alzheimer’s and dementia

caregiving in our community.

Founder & Executive Director

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David Davis
Founder & Executive Director

“The Memory Care Alliance’s success can be found in one word: community. We find the education, compassion and empowerment we need in each other”. 

Bio:

David’s passion, energy and creativity are the driving force of this organization. He is the former Santa Fe Regional Manager of the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. Previously, he was caregiver for his mother for eleven years.

Advisory Board

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Ruth Dennis, MA
Author

“The Memory Care Alliance is a deeply creative, loving and practical organization that gives families access to education, support and wisdom about dementia care, and is a blessing to families who are sorting out the everyday care of someone they love during and after dementia. This resource is so needed in our community.”

Bio:

As a certified dementia care practitioner, Ruth has over twenty-five years of experience in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. She is currently Director of Social Services and Education for Vista Living in Santa Fe. She is the author of Mindful Dementia Care.

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Eileen Joyce
Certified Grief & Recovery Coach

“I believe in the great need for support for families going through the daily, sometimes unsurmountable challenges of dementia. I support the educational and support programs that are scheduled regularly, reaching more and more families as well as senior living communities and health professionals. There is no stopping The Memory Care Alliance!”

Bio:

Eileen’s background includes over two decades of experience working with people dealing with devastating loss and changes resulting from death, divorce, or serious illness. She facilitates a variety of support and action groups in addition to her grief recovery and life coaching with individuals and couples. Eileen Joyce is a certified professional coach and grief recovery specialist. Eileen’s mission is healing broken hearts through critical conversations, ongoing support, and identifying actions for moving forward with more aliveness, productivity, and joy. 

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Frances Salles
Former Executive Director at Coming Home Connection

“The whole world is waiting for a cure for dementia, but while we wait, we must not let this distract us from providing compassionate dignified care, education and support to families living with dementia right now.”

Bio:

Frances Salles set up one of the first ‘caring for the carers’ programs in the 1990s, after training with Tom Kitwood, a pioneer of person-centered dementia care. In 2016 she became Executive Director of Coming Home Connection, a non-profit home care agency in Santa Fe, which in 2017 was one of the first agencies to create a partnership with the Memory Care Alliance, immediately seeing the need and potential for its work. In 2020 she moved back to Europe to be close to her own parents who were managing her father’s advancing dementia.