National Parkinson Foundation Announces Its New President and CEO

Release date: 3/1/2008

National Parkinson Foundation Announces Its New President and CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL PARKINSON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ITS NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO
NPF NAMES NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO

Miami, Florida, March 19, 2008 — The Board of Directors of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced today that Joyce A. Oberdorf has been named President and Chief Executive Officer effective April 1. Ms. Oberdorf was most recently Vice President, Policy, Planning and Communications at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research.

“Ms. Oberdorf is an outstanding choice to help NPF accomplish its strategic goal of remaking the organization to build on our strengths and have an even greater impact on the lives of Parkinson’s patients,” said Paul Oreffice, Chairman of the Board.

“I look forward to working with Mr. Oreffice, Nat Slewett, Chairman Emeritus and Dr. Bernard Fogel, Dean Emeritus of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at University of Miami, the Board and team at NPF to build on NPF’s strengths, which include its proud history, reach, heightened focus on improving patient care in a holistic fashion, and a demonstrated commitment to change,” Joyce Oberdorf stated. “Together we will build on the changes already in place to create a new future, focusing on those areas where our mission is most compelling and our impact, the greatest. In addition, we hope to, by example, increase cooperation, coordination and collaboration with our peers and friends in the Parkinson community. In this way, we aim to create a model for improving the clinical microsystem that serves this and future generations of Parkinson’s patients in the U.S. and around the world.”

Dr. Fogel, who chaired the search committee, said that “Ms. Oberdorf is a proven leader and manager. She has demonstrated a unique ability to develop and set forth a strategic vision. She has an excellent understanding of the complex issues surrounding Parkinson’s disease, and is highly respected in the community as an individual who truly appreciates the needs and concerns of patients. Ms. Oberdorf will bring both experience and a fresh perspective to NPF and we look forward to working with her to create and sustain NPF’s future as a best-in-breed nonprofit dedicated to serving Parkinson’s disease patients.”

At the Michael J Fox Foundation, Ms. Oberdorf worked with the Board and the senior management team to lead strategic task forces on research directions, fundraising and board governance issues. In addition, she was responsible for developing public policy.

For more information about the National Parkinson Foundation, please visit www.parkinson.org or call 800-327-4545.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Leilani Pearl
Director of Communications
National Parkinson Foundation
1501 N.W. 9th Avenue/Bob Hope Road
Miami, FL 33136-1494
(305) 243-7951 Office
(305) 322-3838 Cell
lpearl@parkinson.org

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