Memory Matters started in a spare bedroom in 1993. Support and education for family members and caregivers of people with memory problems were simply ideas in the minds of Judy Hardek, Dale Tushman and the late Louise Rodormer. The were soon joined by Darlene Wymes and Sharron Olson and the five, all of whom had experience in treating patients and helping their families, set about building an organization that would serve this unfilled need in the community.
Their first decision was that the organization would be independent of national ties so that all donations would be used to benefit the local community. The second decision was that the primary goals would be education and support. They would teach anyone about dementia, coping strategies, medication, the need for support for caregivers, and other community resources. They did not know how they would accomplish any of this but declared they would "leap whatever tall buildings got in our way as we worked towards these goals".
The following year they incorporated and eventually found a permanent home for the organization. Over the next two decades many other talented and resourceful people have joined in picking up the reins and moving forward. Their successes have always been because of a very close knit team effort, an effort that has significantly contributed to making Glynn County a better place in which to live.
John Hartland, President
Jamie Clayton, Vice President
Maggie Glennon, Secretary
Dr. Gail Cowen
Kelly Trowbridge, LCSW
Eric Friedrich II
Georgia Alzheimer's Foundation
Georgia Center for Nonprofits
Dr. Scott Clay
Robert Cunningham, Esq.
Julie Tharpe, Executive Director
Jordan Andrew, Activities Director