Featured in Life Magazine, August 1986, Smith described
the role of caring for her mother as she experienced Alzheimer's
Disease. This was recognized as the first article on young families
struggling with Alzheimer's Disease
Creator and Founder of Nationally recognized program 1990 called
"The Morning Out Club," the first early stage respite
program for people with AD, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation. This program generated the first-ever support group
for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease in the country.
Developer of the first and largest state-wide advocacy event for
Alzheimer's. it was held in the State of California, 1990 and was known as the Alzheimer's Association
Advocacy Day. The event continues today bringing hundreds of families together to make their voice known to our elected officials.
A member of the Board of Directors of The Alzheimer's Association in the early years of its founding. Assisted the non-profit in opening its first office, in the hiring of staff and in fundraising that moved the organization to growth of 125% in revenues.
Co-Authored a home-safety booklet with UCSD Alzheimer's Disease
Research Center for a NIA grant. This booklet is now distributed
by NIA's ADEAR (Alzheimer's Disease and Research Center) in many
Corporate Director of Marketing Key player in the growth and development of a California Assisted
Living Corporation,Silverado Senior Living, a new innovative approach to patient-centered
care. She successfully managed the marketing and filling of their
high-end communities, establishing and filling their first 90
bed community in less than 9 months with no advertising, not even
a brochure. The fill rates for each additional community far exceeded
Consultant. The Memory and Aging Project of Washington University,
ADRC is funded through a grant from the National Institute of
Aging. This project is funded to develop neurological criteria
for assessing dementia; genetic research into the genetic cause
of the various dementias and many other research endeavors. Smith
consulted with the Center to recruit, educate and motivate families
with hereditary dementia to participate in research and assisted
staff with marketing concepts for the center.
Coordinator/Volunteer for Non-Profit
Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego Chapter, VP Public Relations
Wanda established a professional committee responsible for attracting
free advertising for the various issues on Alzheimer’s Disease.
She positioned the Association of San Diego as the media’s
source of information on AD. The PR efforts of Smith included scheduling
the chapter spokespersons and the local researchers and developing
the audio, video and print materials distributed to local media
for local ad campaigns.
Director of Marketing, Silverado Senior
Key player in the growth and development of a California Assisted
Living Corporation, a newly innovative approach to "life-purposed
care". She successfully managed the marketing of their communities.
She achieved record-breaking fill-up rates, move-ins and wait-list
in five different markets.
BA Mass Communication, Public Relations, University of Alabama
Personal Affiliations and Notables
California Council Alzheimer's Association Leadership Award,
Channel 10, San Diego’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 1991
San Diego and Imperial Counties United Way/CHAD Volunteer of the
Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer of the Year for San Diego,
Featured in Local and Regional Newspapers
Testified before California Legislature
Presenter at National Alzheimer’s conferences
Presenter/Spokesperson for California Alzheimer’s Association
San Diego Alzheimer’s Association Speaker/Presen