Staff & Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers

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Our staff is committed to coming alongside you on the caregiving journey. Passionate about supporting caregivers, this team brings years of training and experience into their roles.

Valarie Drown, M.S., NCC, LMHC,  Director

Valarie Drown is the Co-Project Director for the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative.  Valarie graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling.  Her passion has always focused on how to best serve those individuals either, with a memory related difficulty, and/or supporting their caregivers.  Valarie has been working in this field for 19 years and continues to feel blessed to have a career that inspires and motivates her each day.

Kimberly Comisky, Assistant Director

Kimberly Comisky is the Assistant Director for the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative. Kimberly is a graduate of Sienna College where she earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She has been working in human services for over 18 years and is passionate about helping families obtain the care they need.  Kimberly is a trained interventionist through the Rosalynn Carter Institute on Caregiving. She is an active member of the NY State Respite and Caregiving Coalition and is the subcontracted Co- Director of the Regional Caregiver Wellness and respite Center grant held by Lifespan of Greater Rochester. She actively participates in the Warren, Hamilton, Washington Long Term Care committees and interagency councils.  Her goal as Program Coordinator is to help caregivers feel less alone. Her hope is that anyone providing care has someone they can reach out to, whether it is through the Caregiver Support Initiative, a friend, a peer or another community agency.

Kristen Osterhoudt, Project Coordinator 

Kristen Osterhoudt is the Project Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative  She graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a B.A. in Sociology and Education.  She is passionate about education, providing caregivers with knowledge, and connecting them to resources within their communities.  Kristen also facilitates the Support Groups and Memory Cafes throughout the region.

Tammy Morehouse, Regional Care Navigator

Tammy Morehouse is a Regional Care Navigator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative. She joined the organization in May 2021 after spending nearly five years as a senior services specialist and works out of the Queensbury office. Tammy has an associate degree in human services that she earned from Northern Essex Community College and holds a community support practitioner certificate. In the position of Care Navigator, Tammy is looking forward to providing support for caregivers who are in need of assistance.

JoAnn Southworth, Regional Care Navigator

JoAnn Southworth is a Regional Care Navigator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative. She attended Plattsburgh State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. JoAnn has more than two decades of experience in the healthcare industry. She previously served as a social worker at a healthcare facility and as an Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) case manager in Clinton County. She has navigated the difficulties of caring for loved ones living with memory issues and relates well to caregivers who are on a similar journey. JoAnn wanted to become a care navigator to help others in Franklin County discover what she has learned as a caregiver.