President, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative
Meryl Comer was named President of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative in November 2007. Winner of the 2005 Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award and the 2007 Proxmire Award, Ms. Comer has been the at-home caregiver for the past 16 years for her husband with early onset Alzheimer's and more recently, for her mother with late stage dementia. She has provided testimony before Congress, serves on the national board of the Alzheimer's Association and served on the 2008 Alzheimer's Study Group, charged with presenting a National Strategic Plan to Congress in March 2009.
Comer is also an Emmy-award winning reporter, producer, and business talk show host with over 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism. She was one of the first women in the early 1980's to host a long-running, nationally syndicated TV debate show on business, economics, and politics. Previously Ms. Comer served as senior vice president for the National Chamber Foundation (1997- 1999) and for 11 years prior (1987-1997) as vice president for Communications Development at the US Chamber of Commerce. Her Alma Mater is the University of Pennsylvania.