Throughout her childhood, Alissa's grandmother, Mary Fran Anderegg, struggled with Alzheimer's disease. While growing up, Alissa quickly realized that the Alzheimer's community lacked a voice for what she now calls "the forgotten generation" of Alzheimer's: the child caregivers. Since then, she has become one of the nation's leading young Alzheimer’s advocates, inspiring people across the country with her personal story and mission to empower other young caregivers. Her story has been featured in the Emmy-winning HBO documentary The Alzheimer’s Project, the TV show Young Icons, Maria Shriver’s Women's Alzheimer's Movement national campaign, AOL, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, Larry King Live, the Alzheimer’s Association Annual Report, her national keynote speaking tour, and her contribution to the publications The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s in America, among others. Most recently, she has lobbied in Washington D.C. for the Alzheimer's Association and is currently using her social media expertise to support the association's inaugural Social Media Leadership Team.
WOMEN'S ALZHEIMER'S MOVEMENT
As a result of a decade-long partnership with Maria Shriver's Alzheimer's advocacy efforts, Alissa was selected as a Woman Leader of the national campaign, Maria Shriver's Wipe Out Alzheimer's Challenge. In 2017, it was rebranded as The Women's Alzheimer's Movement in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, My Brain, and A Woman's Nation, whose book she was a contributing author for in 2010. Alissa and leading advocates from around the world including Anne Romney, Brooke Shields, Shonda Rhimes and Senator Barbara Mikulski are featured as the "inspirational women who have stood on the front lines of the fight against Alzheimer’s." Check out her feature and then take the pledge to use your brain to #WipeOutAlz.
Alz4Kidz is a two-part handbook by Alissa Anderegg to teach kids about Alzheimer’s disease.
Part One of this handbook is specially designed for caregiving youth grades 6-8. Based off the five lessons of HBO’s The Alzheimer’s Project: Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? with Maria Shriver, Alz4Kidz can be used as an accompanying resource or as a stand-alone teaching tool. Readers will learn lessons from how to best interact with a grandparent who has Alzheimer’s, to the science behind the disease, to ways they can help the cause, and much more.
Part Two is geared toward adults involved in the learning process. School teachers, support group leaders and parents can use this resource to understand how best to support a youth caregiver. Furthermore, they can use the ideas incorporated in both parts of Alz4Kidz to develop lesson plans or talking points for use in and out of the classroom.
Request your free copy here.
THE SHRIVER REPORT
"The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary anthology of every facet of Alzheimer’s disease—medical, sociological, political and economic. The academic core of the report is composed of expert reviews of issues and trends, with analysis backed by the nationwide Alzheimer’s Association Women and Alzheimer’s Poll of 3,118 adults, including more than 500 Alzheimer’s caregivers.
But there’s more to Alzheimer’s than numbers. This report includes original photography by award-winning photojournalist Barbara Kinney and a kaleidoscope of personal essays. Contributors include Barbra Streisand, Terrell Owens, Soleil Moon Frye, ABC News “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran, CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen, former First Lady Laura Bush, President Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis, Alzheimer’s Study Group chairs Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Bob Kerrey, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Vice President Joe Biden. In addition, extraordinarily honest and moving essays by a diverse group of Americans—including teenage caregivers and women who are living with the disease today— further illustrate the toll Alzheimer’s is taking on the American landscape."
THE YOUTH MOVEMENT AGAINST ALZHEIMER’S
Executive board, Director of marketing
After being chosen as an honorary national ambassador of The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s (YMAA) several years ago, Alissa had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. this fall to represent the organization amongst top Alzheimer’s researchers and nonprofit leaders. Together with YMAA Executive Board members, chapter presidents and other ambassadors, Alissa attended the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s annual summit and lobbied senators on Capitol Hill for Alzheimer’s legislation. After the inspirational week of activities, she returned to California with a desire to do even more to advocate for the cause. Recently, she has signed on as YMAA’s Director of Marketing, where she leads national social media and digital marketing strategy for the organization, as well as works with high school and college YMAA chapters around the country on personalized branding and marketing strategies.
MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION
MISS GREATER EAST BAY 2018
On November 12, 2016, Alissa Anderegg was crowned Miss Contra Costa County 2017 for the Miss America Organization. She was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and went on to earn another $2,500 at Miss California, where she was a Top 15 finalist. On November 4, 2017 she continued her journey as Miss Greater East Bay 2018, once again securing a spot in the Top 15 at Miss California, in addition to the Miss America Community Service Award. This year marks 10 years since Alissa began her involvement with the Miss America Organization. Alissa began competing at 13 years old, holding the titles of Miss Culver City's Outstanding Teen 2008, Miss Los Angeles County's Outstanding Teen 2009, Miss San Jose's Outstanding Teen 2010, Miss Golden Gate's Outstanding Teen 2011 and Miss Johnston County 2015 in North Carolina while she was completing her undergraduate degree at Duke University. Throughout her years as a titleholder, she has made over 200 appearances in her community, logged 2,000+ hours of community service, and earned more than $15,000 in scholarships to use toward her education at Duke University and Northwestern University. Her accolades include the Miss America Community Service Award (2015, 2018), Miss America Quality of Life Award Top 5, Miss North Carolina Interview Award, Miss California's Outstanding Teen (CAOT) Academic Achievement Award, Miss CAOT Preliminary Evening Gown and Onstage Question Award, Miss California Top 15 (2017, 2018), and the honor of being a three-time first runner-up to Miss California's Outstanding Teen. During her year as Miss Greater East Bay, Alissa will continue her advocacy for her platform, Alzheimer's Awareness, and will serve as a role model throughout the Bay Area.
To book Alissa for an appearance, please email Paula Gross, Executive Director of the Miss Contra Costa County Scholarship Organization at info@MissContraCosta.org.
OTHER NOTABLE EXPERIENCES
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER, CONFERENCE MODERATOR, IMEDIA NOW HOST 2016-Present
SPEAKERS INCLUDED MARIA SHRIVER, OPRAH WINFREY, RUTH BADER GINSBURG & MICHELLE OBAMA
NATIONAL SCHOLAR, 2012
ONE OF 250 SCHOLARS CHOSEN FROM A COMPETITIVE POOL OF 80,000+ APPLICANTS
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD
SAG AWARDS NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBER 2017, MEMBER 2005-PRESENT
DUKE OF EDINBURGH
INTERNATIONAL BRONZE MEDAL, 2015
PRESENTED BY THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY FOR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE AND EXPLORATION
YOUNG ICON, 2011
RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF "THE BRIGHTEST AND BEST OF AMERICA'S YOUTH" ON NATIONAL TV PROGRAM
TEN4U SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT, 2012
NATIONAL ADVOCATE 2007-PRESENT, JUNIOR BOARD MEMBER 2016-2017, SOCIAL MEDIA LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBER 2017-PRESENT, ALZHEIMER'S IMPACT MOVEMENT (AIM) MEMBER 2018-PRESENT, ALZHEIMER'S CONGRESSIONAL TEAM MEMBER 2018-PRESENT
CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS
ALUMNI INTERVIEWER 2017-PRESENT, ADMISSIONS AMBASSADOR 2013-2016, DUKE WOMEN'S CENTER NATIONAL IMPACT AWARD 2015, STUDENT AMBASSADOR TO TAIWAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH 2015, DUKE ASSOCIATION FOR BUSINESS ORIENTED WOMEN 2013-PRESENT
CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS
GOODWILL AMBASSADOR, 2011-PRESENT
NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE
PRESENTATION CLASS OF 2012, 2006-2012, VICE PRESIDENT SAN MARINO CHAPTER