Christopher Tsavatewa and his wife Dallas Roper know intimately the ravages of Alzheimer’s and the resources and supports available through the Alzheimer’s Association. In the spring of 2017, Dallas’ mother, Cathy, lost her 15-year battle with the debilitating and destructive disease. Throughout Cathy’s battle, Chris and Dallas were lucky enough to be able to access and utilize the resources, the talents, and the incredible support of the Alzheimer’s Association. With research, support groups, advocacy, education, and much more, the Alzheimer’s Association has led the way both nationally and locally in addressing the needs of patients and caregivers. Chris and Dallas both are proud to be involved in supporting this cause and will continue to do so until a cure can be found.
Christopher Tsavatewa is the Director of the Office of Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration at Middle Georgia State University. In this role, he leads the institution in the execution of its quality enhancement plan, an experience-based program focused on “exploration and application beyond the classroom” through undergraduate research, service learning, and internships. His professional scholarship and expertise are in the area of public health, strategic management, health policy, self-determination, native health, service learning, and palliative medicine. An engaged citizen, Chris has served in a variety of community organizations across Middle Georgia, including the Georgia Public Broadcasting Macon Advisory Board, the Macon Arts Alliance Board, Star Choices Community Advisory Board, Layaway Santa Middle Georgia the Magnolia Soapbox Derby, the Hutchings Career Center CTEA Advisory Board, the Macon Beer Festival, Leadership Macon Advisory Board , College Hill Corridor Commission, Moonlight Miles, Central Georgia Red Cross Minority Advisory Board, the Middle Georgia Taskforce for Quality Palliative Care, and Macon Roots. Tsavatewa, A 2012 graduate of Leadership Macon and one of Macon Magazine’s 2014 “Five Under Forty”, was recently re-appointed to the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health for a second six-year term and was designated a 2016 Young Gamechanger by Georgia Forward. You can read his monthly column, “Ear to the Ground,” in the Out and About section of the Macon Telegraph. Chris’ wife and best friend, Dallas Roper, is an attorney at James-Bates-Brannan-Groover, a long-time Alzheimer’s Association Supporter, and a founding participant in Macon’s RivALZ Blondes vs. Brunettes Flag Football Game. They have one son, Henry Wyatt (5), and a daughter, Hazel (almost 2). Between coaching his kids’ sports teams and his countless other commitments, it's often said that “his volunteering gets in the way of his volunteering.”
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