Our Staff

Lauren Vlachos, MS, CFRE   Executive Director/CEO

“ADRC is an organization bringing help and hope to families, caregivers, professionals, and those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease on Long Island. ADRC is here for the journey.”


Lauren Vlachos is thrilled to join the Long Island’s Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center (ADRC) as its Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer in June 2022. 

Previously, Lauren served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America, where she began her career as an entry level executive providing support and services to the FDR Special Needs Scouting Division and the career-education program Exploring. During her time with the Boy Scouts, Lauren rose to the level of Chief Operating Officer supporting a team of executives and overseeing a $2.7 million yearly budget and 14,000 youth members. Lauren was responsible for Board Development, risk management, youth safety, staff development, budget oversight, fundraising, volunteer management, and membership growth. 

Prior to joining the Boy Scouts of America, Lauren served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa for 2.5 years where she worked on community health campaigns and served with Jimmy Carters Global 2000 Foundation to eradicate Guinea Worm in the country. 

Lauren earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College, a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from the New School University, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She has over 21 years of experience in the Nonprofit sector. 

Lauren is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America serving as a committee member and den leader. She is a member of the Returned Peace Corps Association and AFPLI. She is married with 3 children, 2 dogs, and a cat. She is a master gardener, an avid outdoors-woman, and an environmentalist. She is passionate about giving back to her community and is excited to lead ADRC. 

Maria Prendergast, Executive Assistant

Maria Prendergast                 Director of Operations & Volunteer Engagement 

“It’s most fulfilling to be part of the ADRC team and provide essential services and support to Long Island’s Alzheimer’s community.”

Maria Prendergast first joined the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center in 2016 as an Executive Assistant. Maria left the organization in October 2021 and has now returned to serve as the Director of Operations and Volunteer Engagement. Maria is passionate about serving families and the mission of ADRC. She provides operational, program, and fundraising support to all team members. 

Prior to joining the ADRC, Maria gained extensive experience in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she worked  with a church within the Diocese of Rockville Centre, on Long Island. Her role focused on stewardship and required consultation with pastoral management, staff, parishioners and volunteers. She also oversaw the opening of a child day care center on the Church campus.  Welcoming new families to the program was a role she particularly enjoyed. ADRC’s board, staff and the people we serve all benefit from her warm and welcoming approach.

A graduate of Molloy College, Maria earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with a Minor in Economics. Earlier in her career, Maria worked as a staff accountant in the healthcare sector.

Maria and her husband have two daughters, and are life-long Long Islanders.


Carol Hartmann, MBA, ACC   Director of Programs, Education, and Training

“It’s most fulfilling to be part of the ADRC team and provide essential services and support to Long Island’s Alzheimer’s community.”

Carol Hartmann has over 20 years of experience in caring for seniors, including more than a decade managing the CenterLight Health Systems PACE Program Day Centers, as a Regional Day Health Center Manager. She previously spent four years as the Dementia Program Director at the Queen of the Rosary convent in Amityville, implementing the first Dementia Program for the Sisters of St. Dominic. Prior to that, she was a Program Service Coordinator at Arden Courts, HCR Manor Care, Assisted Living in Allentown, PA, where she led the programming for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Hartmann has an MBA with Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management. Carol is a Licensed Instructor and an Activity Consultant Certified through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). She served on the Alzheimer’s Association of Long Island Public Policy Committee and ADRC's Public Policy Committee. In 2019, she was honored with the ‘Impossible Dreamers Award’ from the Friends of CenterLight Foundation in recognition of her career dedicated to caring for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

Tony Spataro, Financial Manager

Tony Spataro                            Financial Manager

“It’s very rewarding to work at ADRC and to know we are making a real difference in the lives of Long Islanders who are confronting Alzheimer’s disease.”


Tony Spataro is a retired financial professional who joined ADRC in 2016.    He spent more than 25 years working as a Banking and Audit specialist with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., one of the world’s oldest, largest and best-known financial institutions.   Following his retirement, Tony began consulting and has provided his accounting acumen to a diverse group of firms.  They include Grant Thornton LLP, Sterling National Bank, The Nomura Trust and Banking Co., Ltd. of Japan and Fifth Third Bank of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tony is also well versed in financial management for non-profit organizations, having consulted for The North Shore Youth Council in Rocky Point, New York.  He earned his Associates degree in Accounting at Queensborough Community College in Bayside, Queens, New York.

An active volunteer, Tony has served as the President of the East Islip Chamber of Commerce.  He also participated on the Building Board of Directors for Bay Shore’s Knights of Columbus Council 564.  He presently co-chairs a Political Action Committee for the Blue Ridge condominiums where he resides, and is secretary for the Home Owners Association Board of Directors.