The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 5, 2013

Raleigh native honored by social workers group

Jane Marks, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter, says that even as a child growing up in Sophia, she had a heart for those who were in need or were hurting.

The former Jane Thomas was honored Thursday by the West Virginia NASW (National Association of Social Workers) as Public Citizen of the Year at the annual conference at the Charleston Civic Center. The award is given annually to a person who exemplifies the ideals of social work, but who may or may not be a social worker.

“I was a social work major my first semester at WVU, but then took a 180 degree turn. Now I have come full circle,” commented Marks.

During her 12-1/2-year tenure with the association, Marks has become a well-known speaker, teacher and advocate. She is stepping down as executive director this summer, but will continue to speak at conferences, conduct workshops and work for the cause of Alzheimer’s. Her newest venture will also include a new website:

“So many of us are sandwiched between our own lives, careers and our own needs, as we are caring for aging parents. I wanted to offer information, some humor and a forum for those facing that particular challenge,” says Marks.

To recognize her years of service, the Alzheimer’s Association will honor Marks at its annual Thanks for the Memories Luncheon May 23 at 11:45 at the Charleston Town Center Marriott.

Each year the association presents the “Rockefeller Award” to a West Virginian who has shown outstanding support for the cause of Alzheimer’s. The award is named in honor of the first recipient, Sen. Jay Rockefeller. This year the association is honoring Nancy Cipoletti, from the WV Bureau of Sr. Services, as well as Marks.

Tickets to the Thanks for the Memories Luncheon are $75 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-491-2717 or by visiting Proceeds from the luncheon will support the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter’s free programs for families facing Alzheimer’s disease.

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