About Us

“The Journey of a Thousand Steps” is a multifaceted exploration of Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on families, research, therapy, finances, and policy. The project is researched and created by a team of experienced reporters who are passionate about personal story-telling, committed to scientific accuracy, and grounded in journalistic integrity. All content is reviewed for accuracy by leaders in the Alzheimer’s field.

Dr. Richard J. Caselli
RICHARD J. CASELLI, M.D., Mayo Clinic Arizona

Dr. Caselli is professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and the clinical core director of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He also is the Mayo Clinic’s medical director for service. He has research interests that focus on aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia, particularly the way in which genetic risk factors for dementia may affect how the mind changes with age before the onset of symptomatic memory loss and dementia.

Wolfe photo
MICHAEL S. WOLFE, Ph.D. Harvard Medical School, Boston

Dr. Wolfe is a professor of neurology and principal investigator at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The Wolfe lab’s general theme is understanding the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and exploring new strategies for therapeutic intervention. The lab discovered that gamma-secretase, a membrane-embedded protease that produces amyloid beta, is implicated in the pathogenesis of AD. Dr. Wolfe has also begun to to examine the microtubule-associated protein tau.

Executive Producer, Reporter

Michele G. Sullivan has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years. In her career, she has won 32 state and national awards for feature, news, and editorial writing and for newspaper design. As part of Frontline Medical Communications’ Mid-Atlantic bureau, she received the Journalism Fellowship Award from the American Academy of Neurology in 2007. A 2006 study on a failed Alzheimer’s disease drug trial was the first step on her own journey to to understand this devastating disease. Follow her on Twitter @alzgal

Assistant Producer, Videographer, Designer

Nick Piegari has been a videographer, designer, and developer (of various disciplines) for 15 years.  Since 2010, he’s traveled the world and provided video meeting coverage for Frontline Medical News.  Outside of Frontline, Nick spends his time helping aspiring videographers hone their craft at   You can follow him at @fixingyourvideo on Twitter.

Reporter, Videographer

Whitney McKnight is a Washington, D.C.-based multi-media clinical and health care policy reporter for Frontline Medical News. Among her particular areas of interest are psychosomatic medicine and the role of mental health in chronic disease. Whitney is also the producer of the Frontline Medical News multi-media series, Mental Health Consult. Follow her on Twitter @whitneymcknight


Michael J. Kacmarcik has been a photojournalist for more than 30 years. During that time, he has documented hundreds of news events and captured thousands of compelling personal portraits. He lives in Oceanside, Calif.