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Huntington Beach, California—-Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) would like to welcome Kimberly Geigele Oswald and Craig Myers to its Board of Directors. The Board provides leadership for carrying out AFC’s mission for creating happier and healthier days for families suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.
Kimberly Geigele Oswald
Raised in Orange County, Oswald has been a prominent figure in the mortgage loan and real estate industry. Since her father’s retirement in 2015, she owns and operates the family-run API Lending/Associated Properties, Inc. with her husband, Daryl.
Kimberly and her husband are active in numerous philanthropies and love to support projects that help develop Laguna Beach and its surrounding communities. Her active organizations include Ebell Club of Laguna Beach, Women of Chapman, Playhouse Women, FIDM Museum Fashion Counsel, American Legion Auxiliary.
Kimberly has felt connected to AFC’s mission because of her experience with the disease. Because of her father’s battle with Lewy Body Dementia, she understands the importance of senior programs dedicated to Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.
Oswald says, “It would be an honor to be part of Alzheimer’s Family Center and help families touched by dementia find a place of sanctuary.”
Myers has over 30 years of experience in hospital operations. He has held senior management positions such as hospital chief executive officer and medical group administrator. He also worked as a consultant on numerous healthcare related projects.
Myers is also very active in the community, particularly in healthcare focused organizations. He is on the Board of Directors for the Coalition of Community Health Centers and for MOMS OC. Other associations he’s involved with include American College of Healthcare Executives, Orange County Medical Group, and United Healthcare Administrators.
Myers is honored to join AFC’s Board of Directors because he is interested in seeing the agency grow and helping those who are in need.
Kimberly Geigele Oswald and Craig Myers are the 16th and 17th members of AFC’s Board of Directors. Mary Lou Shattuck is the current chair.