FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ) will be among the chapters to benefit from the new leadership of Kristina Fransel, who joins the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research as head of “Region 13, which includes the Greater New Jersey, Delaware Valley and Greater Pennsylvania chapters.

As a 21-year veteran of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Fransel previously led community outreach efforts at the MS Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter in Pennsylvania. Most recently, she was president of a multi-state MS Society Chapter based in North Carolina.

"With more than 180,000 living with the disease in New Jersey, and close to 6 million afflicted nation-wide, our strategic approach as a region will be essential in order to support New Jersey families," said Cheryl Ricci-Francione, executive director of AAGNJ.  “Kristina is experienced at assembling dynamic volunteer leadership that is focused on resource development, community programs and advocacy. I look forward to working collaboratively with her as we expand the footprint of the Greater New Jersey Chapter."

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In addition to her Regional Leader role, Fransel will serve as executive director of the Philadelphia-based Delaware Valley Chapter, where she will report to Eastern United States Area Leader Kenann Cassidy.

“Kristina is a driven professional with remarkable fundraising success, excellent project management and strategic planning skills,” said Cassidy. “She is experienced at assembling dynamic volunteer leadership focused on resource development, programs and advocacy.”

The Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is headquartered in Florham Park and serves 14 counties in Northern and Central New Jersey. Visit alz.org/nj for more information on this chapter, or call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.