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The ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter



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 Through the Care Services Department, our Chapter offers a comprehensive network of in-home services free of charge to patient and family members. Additionally, a strong alliance exists with other not-for-profit organizations that are familiar with ALS. Lastly, a community partnership program with multiple local service providers offers specialized services to patients and families. Through these collective efforts, the chapter has created a solid continuum of care for ALS patients in Eastern Missouri as well as Central and Southern Illinois.

Through case management, patient services coordinators will meet with your family to assist you to navigate through the health systems, increase functional independence, and help you maintain control of your healthcare throughout your journey with ALS. They will also work to identify other community resources, ALS specific and general healthcare, to support your family as well.

Continuum of Care

Care Services Staff

Mary Riggs, MS, CRC, LPC

Director of Programs and Operations

Mary began her service to ALS families in 1999 as the chapter's first patient service coordinator.  In 2002, she was promoted to the chapter's Care Services Director as the service area and programs grew.  In 2010, she began to oversee the chapter's Education, Awareness and Advocacy campaigns in addition to overseeing the chapter's services, managing staff, and building community partnerships.  She also coordinates the Extra Hands and the County Ambassador programs. 

Tara Klucker, MA, CRC, LPC

Care Services Team Manager

Tara began her service with ALS patients and families in 2007. She leads the care services team of care coordinators ensuring that the chapter is administering services in the most efficient manner.  She represents the chapter at the St. Louis University Health Sciences Center of Excellence ALS Multidisciplinary clinic.  In addition, she works directly with patients and their families in the Central and Eastern Illinois regions, bringing the chapter’s services and community referrals to their homes.

Debbie King

Care Services Coordinator and Outreach Specialist

Debbie has over 30 years’ experience working with families dealing with neuromuscular illness, including ALS.  She coordinates in-house services and community referrals in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, southwest region of I-44, and in northwest region of Hannibal, MO extending into Quincy, Illinois. Debbie joined the care services team in 2011.

Lori Dobbs

Care Services Coordinator and Outreach Specialist

Lori has many years experience working with ALS families in the Missouri boot heel, Southeast Missouri and the Southern Illinois Regions. She coordinates in-house services and community referrals. In addition, she functions as the chapter's Veteran's Administration Liaison for service related benefits for ALS patients.Lori joined the chapter staff in 2010, bringing with her 12 years of service with ALS families. She is the Chapter liaison for the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau and attends each clinic. 

Heather Burns

Care Services Coordinator and Outreach Specialist

Heather joined The ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter in 2013. She serves patients and families in St. Louis City, Jefferson County and parts of the Metro East area of St. Louis in Illinois. Heather has a strong background in working with families as a case manager. After a personal experience with ALS, she developed an interest in helping those impacted by the disease as she saw first hand the value an affiliation with The Chapter has.

Emily Tetrault

Volunteer and Outreach Manager

Emily manages volunteer opportunities within the chapter as well as educational outreach in the community. She oversees the County Ambassadors program, is the liaison for the Extra Hands Club, and directs the chapter’s Friend and Family program. She also coordinates third party events. Emily joined the ALS Association, St. Louis Regional Chapter in 2013. She brings three years of volunteer management experience to the ALS Association.




The ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter
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