Our Board of Directors

Carmen Davailus

Founder and Photographer

Carmen Davailus is founder and CEO of Doggies for Dementia Foundation. After 40 years as a nurse practitioner, she left her career to document the lives of families impacted by dementia. Her award winning book, Just See Me-Sacred Stories from the Other Side of Dementia was published in 2018. She is an international speaker, photo-journalist, and Alzheimer’s Advocate leading with compassion, courage and inspiration.

Carmen is chief photographer for Doggies for Dementia and hosts Experts Dig in with Doggies for Dementia. Carmen also writes the blogs and creates all social media posts for Doggies for Dementia.

Carmen is also CEO of Carmen’s Legacy Productions. She is a mother and grandmother and lives in central Texas with her two dogs, Sparky and Yoshi. Yoshi is camera shy, but Sparky embraces his role as Chief Canine Officer.

Sparky

Chief Canine Officer

Sparky is our 6-year-old Chief Canine Officer and is also Head of Homeland Security for his mommy, Carmen, and BFF, best furry friend, Yoshi. He was rescued and adopted as a puppy in 2014 and has had Carmen’s heart ever since. He loves going for walks, puppy treats, barking at the UPS truck, and posing for the camera. Carmen’s friend, Brian LeBlanc, has Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Occasionally when he visited, he would experience bouts of tears, confusion, and even when he didn’t recognize Carmen, he remembered Sparky. Cuddling with Sparky helped to comfort him and perhaps helped the brain fog to lift, and Sparky was a huge inspiration for Doggies for Dementia Foundation. He spends his days curled up next to Carmen.

Carolyn DiIulio

Board Member

Carolyn is a business advisor who grew up in Arizona and California. After graduation from California State University, Sacramento, Carolyn worked in the personnel field. As a military wife she lived in various locations in the coastal United States, learning aspects of small business operations in various cities and settings.

Carolyn is a mother, grandmother, a published author, and an award-winning quilter. Carolyn and her husband reside in Virginia. Together they have first-hand experience traveling the long road with a family member with dementia.

Brandi Kendrick

Board Member

Brandi is an Intake Coordinator in home health.  She has a cat, a bulldog, a niece and four nephews who all keep her very busy, but not so busy that she can’t enjoy her passion of fundraising.  She holds the Recruitment Chair for the Williamson County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and that’s where she was given the nickname Brandi “Fundraising Fiend” Kendrick.

Kristina Roths

Treasurer
Kristina is a wife and mother of 2 active boys. She enjoys taking photos of her family playing at the lake and at the ball fields. Born and raised in Midwestern Wisconsin, Kristina and her family relocated to Texas in 2018. She discovered her love for numbers when she was more excited over cash flow and balances than being the top seller in the Girl Scouts when in grade school. 
 
She worked as a teller and data processor at her local bank, balancing out general ledgers and more recently bookkeeper for a small business. Kristina has been interested in dementia care and when she heard about Doggies from Dementia Foundation from a colleague, she was excited to offer her talents as treasurer. She has important experience serving on the board for the Youth Athletics Club as a Secretary and later for PeeWee Football as Treasurer. We are excited to welcome Kristina Roths!

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