Outreach Program Manager
Banner Alzheimer's Institute
Heather Mulder is the Outreach Program Manager for the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. In her work, she has always been passionate about innovatively reaching underserved populations.
After graduating with a BS in Music from Illinois State University, the common thread throughout her career has been working with older adults, first in long term care where she earned the LSN Shining Star award for activities in 2007, next with an Area Agency on Aging and finally as an educator for the Alzheimer’s Association- Greater Illinois Chapter. After a long frigid winter, Heather had enough with snow & relocated to Phoenix to share her talents with the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.
At BAI, Heather is privileged to dabble in a variety of endeavors including producing the content of the prestigious Beacon newsletter and its' companion webinar, Dementia Dialogues, as well as initiating and maintaining partnerships with arts and culture organizations to fashion programming which is accommodating of people with dementia and their care partners, guiding the longstanding Native American Outreach program and overseeing the creation of education which speaks to caregivers in a language they understand in a medium that is comfortable.
Heather was selected to be part of the 2016/17 cohort of Arizona's top emerging nonprofit leaders for a year-long professional and personal leadership development program through the American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center.
As an avid member of Toastmasters, Heather has earned her Advanced Communicator Bronze & Competent Leadership designations. She has also written dozens of articles on aging services.
Professionally, Heather has seen the unimaginable impact dementia has on an individual & their family, but her empathy for the role of the caregiver was heightened when she cared for a loved one who lived with memory loss.
Tuesday, May 8
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM