Our Board of Directors

Carmen Davailus

Founder and Photographer

Carmen Davailus is founder and president 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.


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.

Shannan Conway

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

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