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About ADAKC

Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County (ADAKC) is a licensed adult care center where you can confidently take your loved one Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm.

Specialized, trained, and educated caregivers offer brain stimulation, a variety of activities, and nutritious meals prepared daily. Established in 1982, ADAKC has been serving Kern County clients and their families on the Alzheimer’s journey for 37 years.

01Our Mission

Our mission at ADAKC is to improve the lives of Kern County residents affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders like dementia.

Ultimately, it is our vision to improve the lives of those on the Alzheimer's journey with the help and support they need as well as their families and caretakers.

02Our Values

Every decision and plan put into place are done so with 3 core values in mind.

  • Family: Treating everyone with the compassion, dignity and respect of a family member.
  • Integrity: Doing the right thing regardless of the situation.
  • Purpose: All deliberate actions aligned with our vision:

03Our Goal

Our overarching goal is to support local caregivers as they care for their loved one. We work to give you peace of mind and confidence that your loved one will be provided for by one of Kern County’s finest programs, while giving you relief from the extreme dedication of caregiving.

Client Reviews

"ADAKC is an amazing establishment with the most caring and loving staff ever. If you’re a caregiver of a loved one and are hesitant...Don’t Be! They have been so comforting and helpful to my mother and to myself, I honestly don’t know where I’d be without them. It gives me such comfort to see that my mom is happy and loves coming here. Thank you ADAKC for all that you do!"

Kathy Semels Clunich

via Facebook

"The staff is so good to my dad and all of the other clients there. They have great activities for them as well. To watch the staff interact with the clients fills your heart with love. Knowing when you have to leave them there for a few hours gives you a peace of mind."

Karen Harrison-Albert

via Facebook

"ADAKC's Adult Day Care Services have been an amazing place for my grandmother who has Alzheimer's disease. I can't say enough about the caring staff who really understand how to be kind and stimulate people with this disease. It has been a blessing for our family! Thank you for all you do!"

Kelsie Barrie

via Facebook

"ADAKC is the local (Kern County) and best source for information if you loved one has a dementia. You can g take advantage of support groups, evaluations, etc at no charge. They is also day care for your loved ones, which provides you, the caregivers, a much needed rest. There are also scholarships to help with the costs of day care. November is national caregiver month, use ADAKC too make your life better and help spread the word."

Jess F. Deegan II

via Facebook

ADAKC Staff

  • Janelle Capra
    Executive Director
  • Kim McAnally
    Facility Program Director
  • Yvette Juarez
    Business Operations Manager
  • Becca Montoya
    Marketing & Sales Manager
  • Julie Juarez-Ceja
    Community Relations Director
  • Patty Flores
    Family Services Manager
  • Sandie McDaniel
    Activities Manager
  • Karlie Reynolds
    Event Coordinator
  • Chastity Espericueta
    Receptionist
  • Otilia Benavidez
    Family Services Assistant
  • Jacqueline Hernandez
    Program Manager Assistant
  • Jennifer Calvario
    Program Assistant
  • Rhonda Smith
    Site Coordinator
  • Jamaica Ward
    Program Assistant
  • Martha Sanchez
    Program Assistant
  • Jose Sosa
    Program Assistant
  • Rosa Bazan
    Cook
  • Egypt Hudson
    Program Assistant
  • Desiree Searcy
    Program Assistant
  • Haley Berner
    Community Outreach Assistant
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Board of Directors

Executive Board

  • Mark Woodward
    President
  • Sonia Lopez
    Vice President
  • Nick Ambrosini
    Treasurer
  • Marcella Ives
    Secretary
  • Donna Winkley
    Community
  • Katie Allen
    Board Member
  • Elena LaRoque
    Board Member
  • Maria Lazzerini
    Board Member
  • Jonathan S. Motter
    Board Member
  • Jonny Perez
    Board Member
  • Felicia Schoepfer
    Board Member

Advisory Board

  • Bob Meadows
    Advisory Board Member
  • William C. “Bill” Wright 
    Advisory Board Member

Interested in becoming a Board Member?

Looking to volunteer? Contact us today.

About Rose Lazzerini Campus

Our new facility accommodates up to 100 clients and includes an Art Therapy Room, Imaginarium, Game Room, Quiet Room, and Café. All areas are equipped to serve various size client groups, including those individuals who just need a little quiet time.

Through the generosity of our community, we’ve seen our dream become a reality. We reached our goal of raising $3.5 million, which allowed us to continue to offer day services at an affordable rate for families who attend the Day Services Program.

Thank You

About Rose Lazzerini

Rose was born July 3, 1927 in Councilbluffs, Iowa. She graduated from UCLA, became a teacher, married her high school sweetheart and was blessed with four wonderful children. Whenever she walked into a room the whole place would light up. The red hair on her head was a perfect indication of what kind of woman she was.

She was loving, passionate and feisty. Her love was evident through her caring actions. In 2008, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. We had the chance of getting to know Rose at our first campus on Olive Dr. and even though she is no longer with us her beautiful legacy remains.

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