Founders and Friends

Mary Ann Malack-Ragona

Mary Ann Malack-Ragona joined the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center in 2003.  In the 15 years she spent at ADRC’s helm, she navigated a challenging course. Tenacity, dedication, hard work and truly caring for others characterize her contribution.  And thousands of people on Long Island benefit every year from the counselling, support services, therapy programs, education and research efforts Mary Ann initiated. Sadly, Mary Ann passed away in December 2018 but her legacy and the organization she built remains dedicated to the mission: a future free from Alzheimer’s.

Mary Ann Malack-Ragona

The Neuwirth Family

Mickey and Felice Neuwirth provided the extraordinary personal and financial support that resulted in the creation of the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center’s former location at 45 Park Avenue, Bay Shore.  It is was known as the Mickey and Felice Neuwirth Care Center. Due to circumstances the building was sold in November 2021. ADRC is now leasing space at 200 Carleton Avenue, East Islip, NY. The program area in the new space will be named in their honor.

Mickey Neuwirth knew firsthand the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease because he was a caregiver for his mother.  He and his wife shared a strong conviction that families who are facing Alzheimer’s should be supported, in as many ways as possible. 

Their daughter, Bobbie Braun, continues to advance their vision and honor their legacy.  She serves as an Advisory Board Member for ADRC. ADRC gratefully acknowledges the Neuwirth family’s outstanding generosity and commitment to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.