Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., is the President and Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation in Tucson, Arizona, the original voice in the integrative or holistic medical approach to the prevention and treatment of memory loss. Dr. Khalsa graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1975, and received his postgraduate training in anesthesiology at the University of California, San Francisco where he was chief resident. As chief resident, he conducted highly acclaimed research on anesthesia for cardiac surgery and obstetrical anesthesiology. He is also a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Acupuncture for Physicians Program, and has studied mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School‘s Mind/Body Medical Institute. Dr. Khalsa is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management.
Bert Beatty, MHA
Bert is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has worked in healthcare and related service industries for over four decades. Trained in healthcare administration at the University of Washington, Seattle, (MHA, 1987) Bert worked as Director of Administration for a large blood center, Executive Director in the home health/hospice field, Marketing and Finance Director for a drug rehab center, among other positions. Throughout his career the theme of consultative management can be seen with a focus on productivity, program and operational system development, regulatory compliance, and community relations. Fortunately for ARPF, his career path was changed while at university: after gaining 4 years experience in direct patient care, his focus turned from pre-law to the healthcare administration field.
Since retirement in 2014, Bert has enjoyed playing music for church activities, fundraising and entertainment. He serves on his church’s finance committee as well as Treasurer on the ARPF Board.
Randal Brooks, MA, LPC
Randy is a member of the Rotary Club of Marana, AZ., and Past Governor of Rotary D-5500. He travels the world developing Rotary projects to help those that are underserved. Randy has expertise in counseling, conflict resolution and peer support. He is active in the Rotary Zone (western US) and Randy supports many projects in Tucson and southern Arizona for those less fortunate.
He teaches psychological intervention techniques for university students and assists clients (mostly women) in dealing with traumatic episodes and vicarious trauma. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in conflict resolution and works with psychological trauma. He is a veteran of the US Navy and Marine Corps. He was co-owner of Jorgensen/Brooks Group EAP and now has a modest private practice. He has served on the ARPF board for nearly 20 years.
Le Craven, IMBA
Le Craven lives in Tucson, Arizona where she managed the ARPF public events in that state and served as Office Manager for 4 years. With a background in both entrepreneurial and non-profit leadership, her heartfelt interest in serving on the ARPF board comes out of caring for family members with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
As a lifelong learner Le is always interested in making a difference as seen in her professional history which includes managing corporate facilities, financial leadership for an adoption and foster care program, and project management for an international trade development center supporting the University of Arizona. Le is a public speaker, traveler, landscape photographer, and provides alumni support to Thunderbird School of Global Management where she earned an MBA in International Management in 2004.
Edward Gellert, MBA
Eddy is a Vice President and Managing Director for Real Estate Debt Investments at AllianceBernstein (AB), with 30 years of real estate industry experience, including investment and portfolio management, lending, distressed-focused investing, deal sourcing and the operation and development of real estate assets. Prior to joining AB, he was a senior portfolio manager at Avenue Capital Group, where he directed the investment activities of the Avenue Real Estate Strategy. Eddy also served as chairman, CEO and president of ACRE Realty Investors. He founded EDGE Partners, where he served as a co-managing member of joint-venture entities that developed, repositioned and owned over 1.2 million square feet of properties. Eddy holds a BSM from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.
Eddy is also a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher and a co-founder of The Bound Lotus Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The foundation is focused on ameliorating chronic pain issues and the creation of sacred spaces and environments for community, service, transformation, and elevation.
Kirti K. Khalsa
Secretary and Chief Executive Officer
Originally from Rome, Italy, Kirti is the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of the Board of the ARPF. Before moving to the USA, she worked for a multinational pharmaceutical company in the export, marketing and Regulatory Affairs departments in their offices in Italy, USA, and Switzerland. She speaks five languages and was responsible for single-handedly implementing, managing, and overseeing the opening of a new branch office in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Kirti is also involved in supporting her community by fighting illiteracy through her Rotary Club and supporting the local Senior Companion Program. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 30 years and a yoga teacher to seniors and people with disabilities for 20 years. She enjoys gardening in her spare time.
Fletcher Wilkins, BS
Fletcher lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. He has a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan and has been working in the nuclear industry for over twenty years. Having a daily Kundalini Yoga and Meditation practice allows him to work in a highly stressful environment and remain calm.
Fletcher has been a Yoga practitioner since 1995 and became a certified Level 1 Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher in 2004.
“I am honored to be a member of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation Board and help share these lifestyle-based concepts. I know what it is like to see a close family member succumb to Alzheimer’s and the toll that it can take on the family. My hope is to get the work that we are doing more into the mainstream and help others.”