January 5, 2012
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Ball brings versatile leadership in business, government, and nonprofit sectors to organization
(San Diego) – Mary Ball has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego/Imperial Chapter. Ball brings for-profit business acumen, state and county government service, nonprofit leadership, and extensive knowledge of the San Diego region to her new role. Ball most recently served as Vice President, Our Greater San Diego Vision, with The San Diego Foundation.
“It is imperative for our organization to raise our visibility, expand the Board of Directors, increase partnerships with key organizations and seek new revenue sources,” said Maggie Watkins, incoming board chairperson. “It was an enormous task to find someone who not only met but exceeded our demanding criteria, and we could not be more pleased that Mary Ball accepted the challenge ahead.”
"I am delighted and honored to have the opportunity to lead this organization at a time when our work is more vital than ever,” said Ball. “As we all live longer, and as the Baby Boomer generation starts turning 65, an increasing number of families are devastated by Alzheimer’s disease. The numbers are daunting. These families look to us to help them cope and to fight to find treatments and a cure.”
“I plan to apply and leverage what I have learned so the organization can meet the ever increasing needs in the community,” said Ball. “I see this as a chance to broaden services to families and partner with the incredible medical research community here in San Diego to find a cure.”
Ball will head an organization with a current fiscal year budget of approximately $2 million and 19 employees. The Alzheimer’s Association is in its 31st year of serving the community.
Ball, 45, recently concluded 15 years of significant accomplishment at Cox Communications where she led sales and business development and oversaw external relations. She previously served as Chief of Staff for Supervisor Dianne Jacob.
Ball’s philanthropic leadership roles in San Diego are numerous. She is a current member and past Chairman of the Board of the Better Business Bureau of San Diego and Imperial Counties. She is a past board member of the East County Economic Development Council, Girl Scouts of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation. She served as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Greater San Diego County Chamber of Commerce.
Ball earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration from the University of San Diego. Ball and her husband Jim have two children and live in Scripps Ranch.
Alzheimer’s disease is the third leading cause of death in adults in San Diego and Imperial Counties. It one of the fastest growing diseases in the United States. Fifty-three thousand San Diegans and Imperial County residents and their families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The Chapter provides free services, including support groups, educational seminars, 24-hour Helpline, a library, Care Consultations, MedicAlert TM+ Safe ReturnTM and Memories in the MakingTM art program. For more information, visit www.sanalz.org or call 1-800-272-3900.