The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, Announces Organizational Changes

Michaela Abbot, office and program assistant; Megan Severn, development director; Betty Will, program assistant; Michel'le Cressman, special events coordinator; Nancy Tissot, program director; Tom  Blount, transportation coordinator; Peg Lahmeyer, executive director; Micky Styslinger, respite program director; and Naomi Cills, NOAH project director.

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, announces organizational changes to provide more comprehensive support services to families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.

"Families have been turning to The ARK for support, resources, education, and respite since the organization was founded in 1996,” said Peg Lahmeyer, executive director of the ARK. “With these staff and office changes, the organization is now functioning in a way that will ensure our services will be effective for many more years to come.”

Megan Severn, formerly the special events coordinator, has been named the organization’s development director. In this role, she will focus on planning, organizing and directing all The ARK’s fundraising activities, including the annual fund, planned giving, special events and more. Severn has been with The ARK for three years.

Micky Styslinger has transitioned from the NOAH project coordinator to the respite program director. In this new role, Styslinger will provide emotional support to primary caregivers and their loved ones participate in fun meaningful social activities. She has been at The ARK for five years.

Naomi Cills, formerly the program coordinator, has been named the NOAH project director. The NOAH Project is a community outreach effort aimed to assist small towns, rural communities, and underserved urban areas in developing their own services to help Alzheimer's disease and related dementia families. Cills has been with The ARK for six years.

Michel'le Cressman has been named special events coordinator. She will work with The ARK’s two signature fundraisers, Dancing With The ARK’s Stars and Race for The ARK, as well as other events. Cressman has been with the organization for two years as an administrative assistant.

Michael Abbott joined The ARK in February 2018 as administrative assistant and Betty Will has been the respite assistant since March 2018. Tom Blount has been The ARK’s Transportation Coordinator since 2009.

Nancy Tissot retired from The ARK after serving the organization for 22 years. As program director, she oversaw  the coordination and administration of all ARK respite programs.

The ARK recently moved into the former home of Mayor Berlin G. and Marlena Myers on West 5th North Street in Summerville.


The ARK is a local nonsectarian nonprofit outreach program providing comprehensive support services to families dealing with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. The ARK provides Alzheimer’s support services to families in five counties: Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, and Orangeburg. Programs include: week-day respite care, support groups, resource referrals, caregiver workshops, memory screenings, and “Powerful Tools” training sessions for caregivers and law enforcement and emergency medical services. For more information, call 843-832-2357 or visit