Collin Mays Named Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s Chair

The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter is pleased to announce that Collin Mays, a celebrated Michigan public service expert and community advocate, will serve as event chair for the 2021 Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for Oct. 30, 2021.

“I’m very excited to serve as the chair of the 2021 Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Mays said. “My passion for the work of the Alzheimer’s Association is long-standing as I have seen two grandparents suffer from this horrible disease.

“As chair, I’m hoping to engage a new group of activists to help bring awareness surrounding Alzheimer’s and its terrible effect on our loved ones. We all know someone who has dealt with this disease. Many people do not realize the impact of Alzheimer’s on minority groups. In fact,
older Black/African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites, and Hispanic/Latinos are about one and one-half times as likely. These are alarming statistics. It’s time to help provide more resources to fighting it.”

Mays was recently selected by Delta Township as their new community and economic development coordinator due to his experience and expertise in both economic and workforce development. Previously, he served as economic development director in Center Line, Mich.

He is a 2015 Michigan Chronicle 40 under 40 award winner and was included in the Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in their 20’s Class of 2019.

Mays received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University and master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University. He is an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We are thrilled to have Collin serving in this key role for the Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Jennifer Lepard, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter. “Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever. Every dollar raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s allows the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research.”

Longtime media personality Chuck Gaidica — whose mom, Geri Gaidica, and father-in-law, John Ottens, both battled Alzheimer’s and dementia — will once again serve as the Detroit Walk emcee and celebrity advocate.

More information about the format of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be available in the coming months.

“Whether we’re together at a large in-person gathering at the Detroit Zoo or in small groups in our individual neighborhoods, we can make a difference,” said Erin Lin, director of the Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “The health and safety of our constituents, staff and volunteers will be our top priority as we assess the changing status of the pandemic and make a decision about how we’ll walk in 2021.”

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth-leading
cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members
and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In
Michigan alone, there are more than 190,000 living with the disease and 518,000 caregivers.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

Alzheimer’s Event on March 3 Examines Health Disparities and Alzheimer’s Disease

COVID-19 has laid bare some undesirable truths: underserved communities are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. In the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia, statistics point to a similarly troubling trend.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, for instance, African Americans are about twice as likely as whites to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia and Hispanics are 1.5 times more likely to have Alzheimer’s. Additionally, African Americans are more prone to risk factors for vascular disease — like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — which may also be risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and stroke-related dementia.

Which is why the Alzheimer’s Association is striving for health equity in the delivery of service and research.

On March 3, the Association is hosting the Dr. James S. Jackson Seminar on Health Equity and Alzheimer’s Disease virtually from 5-6:30 p.m. to discuss the latest research involving underserved communities.

The event — named to honor Dr. James Jackson’s rigorous research at the University of Michigan — brings together some of the nation’s top experts in the field of health equity and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Carl V. Hill, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, and Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D., director of the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology and president of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), will host the event.

Speakers and topics for the event include:
• Targeting Chronic Stress and Blood Pressure Self-Care to Prevent Cognitive Decline in African Americans Across the Lifespan – Kathy D. Wright, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Chronic Brain Injury Program, Alzheimer’s Research Center of Excellence
• Health Inequality Contributes to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: The Case of West Virginia – Bernard G. Schreurs, Ph.D., West Virginia University School of Medicine, WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
• Alzheimer’s Disease and COVID-19: The Vicious Cycle of Inequality – Irving E. Vega, Ph.D., Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease
• Culturally Responsive Caregiver Support: Developing Interventions for Everyone – Sheria G. Robinson-Lane, Ph.D., MSN, MHA, RN, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

With new research just out from Case Western Reserve University showing African Americans with dementia have close to three times the risk of being infected with COVID-19 as white individuals with dementia, the event is particularly timely.

“These are difficult times with caregiving, caregiving while reducing risk for COVID-19,” said Dr. Hill, who grew up in College Park, Ga., and witnessed challenges for accessing quality health care. “There is a high level of anxiety and stress, but I believe this is a real opportunity for us to pursue equity in terms of engaging those communities with information, care and support.”

Jennifer Lepard, Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter president and CEO, said at the national level the Alzheimer’s Association is committed to not only funding diverse initiatives – like the new IDEAS study, whose goal is to enroll 4,000 African American and Latino participants to determine if amyloid PET scans improve diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease – but also committed to working with national partners to ensure that early detection and diagnosis initiatives reach all communities.

Locally, the Michigan Chapter works with community members and partners representing a wide range of underserved populations and communities to understand needs and provide support and services.

“Our goal as an Association is to work toward a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. We can’t do that without research, and we can’t do that without listening to and understanding the needs of diverse communities locally,” Lepard said. “While we already work with some amazing partners and entities, we’re always looking to connect with others who can help us work on solutions that might help us ensure greater equity in our communities.”

To register for the Dr. James S. Jackson Seminar on Health Equity and Alzheimer’s Disease, visit: For more information and support, visit or call the Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

Marsh & McLennan Agency Welcomes Tyrone Jordan as Vice President, Health & Benefits

Troy, Michigan – October 7, 2020 – Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) recently welcomed Tyrone Jordan as a vice president with the health and benefits practice in Troy, Mich. An established group benefits professional, Jordan has developed an expertise helping public sector and non-profit entities meet their fiscal management targets. Jordan’s understanding of union relations and contract negotiations has also proven valuable to private entities in achieving their people and business management objectives.

Jordan entered the risk management field working first with a life insurance provider and then with health and benefits consultants based in Michigan and Illinois. Prior to joining MMA, Jordan was vice president of client sales with Kapnick Insurance Group.

As a vice president of practice development with MMA, Jordan will leverage his extensive background and familiarity with Michigan and other key markets to help employers design strategic benefits plans.

“Tyrone is a terrific addition to our team. Business leaders will appreciate his insight and attention to detail, and can rely on him to offer a thoughtful and strategic solution that fits their culture and their goals,” said Rebecca A. McLaughlan, president & ceo of Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC’s Michigan Health & Benefits operations.

“I am excited to be part of an organization with such a strong culture and an entrepreneurial mindset. Seeing how they have handled the coronavirus pandemic, MMA has already proven that I made the right decision,” added Jordan.

Jordan received his BA from the University of Michigan while also playing on two Big 10 Championship football teams. He sits on the boards of two nonprofits benefiting children and education: Detroit-based Giving Every Athlete Resources (GEAR) and Chicago-based The Simple Good, providing social and emotional learning tools to school districts.

About Marsh & McLennan Agency
Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC is a subsidiary of Marsh established in 2008 to serve as a platform for the middle market. MMA offers commercial property, casualty, personal lines, and employee benefits to midsize businesses and individuals across North America.
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IPS Technology Services Wins a SharePoint Contract from a National Non-Profit Organization

TROY, Mich., July 2, 2014 — IPS Technology Services is currently building a SharePoint site for a national non-profit organization.

By winning this contract, IPS Technology Services will be able to provide the client’s human resources department with a SharePoint site designed to consolidate the department’s communications into one easy-to-access portal. By utilizing the SharePoint site to disseminate important company information and announcements, the client will be able to avoid the costs of printing and distributing memos. It will ensure that time-sensitive information can be accessed by all employees and volunteers in an efficient manner. IPS will also build critical HR processes such as On-boarding, Off-boarding, Resource allocation, etc. to collect all required information completely and accurately. It will also help the organization become much more productive as critical information will be easily available.
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SharePoint has become an essential component of effective company communications strategies. IPS Technology Services offers SharePoint site development and implementation as one of many systems development services for its clients. Please feel free to contact us at or call 248-526-9000.

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