Chad Cole, Executive Director and Founder of AlzOut
AlzOut was founded by Chad Cole, advocate and fundraiser for a cure since 2011.He has worked with D.C. based UsAgainst Alzheimer’s, served on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, in addition to serving as the Chair of the Young Professionals for both organizations. His long-standing respect and relationships with members in leading organizations on the topic have made him a powerful voice in the community. Chad’s passion to find a cure has led him to cultivate connections with researchers leading innovative projects as well as meet with members of local government, Congress and the Senate. AlzOut was founded with the operating principle that there is room for all organizations, each one having its own role, in this fight.
With a commitment to innovation, educating donors while adhering to his personal philosophy of fundraising transparency, AlzOut is building a community and making strides every day. To ensure that happens, the majority of all funds raised are directed toward finding a cure.
Demonstrated over the years through active involvement in the fight and first-hand experience with the disease, Chad and his wife, Lexa, are committed to making a change. When not focused on AlzOut, Chad, a native Angelino, runs his own real estate brand, Cole Properties, produces films and enjoys doing good work in his local community.
Lexa is an LA native and graduate of USC with over 15 years working in finance in the aerospace/defense industry. She first became involved with Alzheimer’s-related non-profit work in 2012 playing in the first Blondes vs Brunettes flag football game in Los Angeles. She has continued to support the cause which has affected her grandparents and aunts. Together with her husband Chad, founder of AlzOut, she is hopeful for a future void of Alzheimer’s. In her free time she enjoys traveling and volunteering with the Junior League of Los Angeles.
Dawn is a Baltimore, Maryland native who has been living in Los Angeles for the past 12 years. She has over ten years of experience in commercial real estate with managing operations and property management for Big Rock Partners.
The havoc that Alzheimer’s creates was first introduced to Dawn when her mom was diagnosed with early onset at a very young age. One of the hardest days of her life was when she flew home for the holidays to find that her mother did not recognize her. Watching her mom deteriorate for ten years before passing is what ignited an internal flame to be a part of finding a cure.
After meeting members of the Alzheimer’s Association at a charity event in 2011, Dawn became a part of a team that created the inaugural Blondes vs. Brunettes women’s charity flag football fundraiser in Los Angeles. Dawn has played in each flag football fundraiser for both the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, and continues to play to raise money and awareness for the cause. She also served as Vice Chair of the Young Professionals Committee for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Dawn is now proud to be a part of the fight against Alzheimer’s with AlzOut.
Ryan Reedom is a graduate of Morehouse College with a degree in Business Finance and minor in Spanish. After working as a professional Day Trader through the financial housing crisis; he realized that there was much more to life than the self serving pursuit of money. He made a drastic change in his life, and moved to LA to become the primary caregiver for his grandmother with Alzheimer’s in 2010. As the primary caregiver for his grandmother he saw firsthand the need to advocate for those living with Dementia. From his experience providing care for his grandmother Ryan was inspired to start A Graceful Way In-Home Care in 2013. A forward-thinking company that provides Personal Care Assistants to enrich the lives of seniors who choose to stay in their own home.
Being active serving the community is what makes Ryan happiest now. He currently serves on the executive board of the Los Angeles chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, volunteered for several years as an executive board member of the Young Professional Committee in the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, Flag Football assistant coach of Blondes vs Brunettes, and a trail steward maintaining hiking and biking trails with the Mount Wilson Mountain Biking Association. Ryan advocates for Alzheimer’s research because even though he was able to uplift his grandmother to thrive despite Alzheimer’s disease he does not want have to do it repeatedly with his mother, father, sister, and wife.
Wake up, kickass, go to bed, do it all over again. That’s pretty much how Cheryl Rodes rolls. A true and native L.A. creative, who loves everything from writing poetry to spending hours coloring an epic mandala, she honed and cultivated her crafts in acting, writing and directing, with a Bachelors in Theatre/Playwriting from The Claire Trevor School of Arts at UC Irvine and a Masters in Writing for Film and Television from USC. In her spare time she indulges her addiction to fitness with spin, kickboxing, weightlifting and hot yoga. She loves being an impact player, a social contributor via charity efforts and a wonderful mother of two. She makes movies to make a difference, writing for women from a woman’s perspective. She is the founder of Unpaved Rodes, an entertainment company dedicated to making sure SHE IS THE HERO in every story. Cheryl hosts She Called Action, a podcast and IGTV channel, that shares the stories of strong women making a difference in the entertainment industry. She envisions a future where women and men embrace each other for their differences and are equally leading with a socially conscious mindset. She sits on the Board of The New Hollywood and is a committee member of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Alumni Network.
Brigette is a Silicon Valley native and USC grad who has lived in Los Angeles for the past 20+ years. She owns The Modern Muse Company, a full-service marketing agency specializing in partnerships and events. Her passion for curing Alzheimer’s was sparked when her Aunt Jackie was diagnosed about 10 years ago. Watching her favorite aunt (and mom’s closest sister) deteriorate in front of her eyes was unbearable, and when Brigette was asked to join an all-women’s flag football team to raise money to fight Alzheimer’s, she jumped at the chance – even though she knew very little about the sport at the time. Fast forward five years, and Brigette has become an avid flag football player (ask her about her Snoop Dogg emoji receiver gloves) who is still hard at work fighting Alzheimer’s…this time, via AlzOut.
Brian P. Avery
Technical Program Director
Brian P. Avery
Brian has 15 years of consulting and program management experience working with clients in emerging web and mobile technologies, startups, SMB and enterprise. He is passionate about working with clients to develop customized product solutions to effectively address new market opportunities.
A native of Los Angeles, Brian has lived and worked abroad for the past 14 years with stops in Netherlands, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Ireland and now currently living in Poland. He’s an avid traveler having visited over 60 countries.
Brian began contributing to non-profits with his work as webmaster for the Young Professional Committee in the Alzheimer’s Association and is now spearheading the digital strategy for AlzOut.