NPF Names New Chairman and Vice Chairman

Release date: 5/1/2008

NPF Names New Chairman and Vice Chairman

Miami, Florida, April 24, 2008 — The Board of Directors of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced today that Bernard J. Fogel, M.D., Dean Emeritus at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, has been elected Chairman of the Board of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF). Dr. Fogel or “Bernie” as he is better known is somewhat of a legend in South Florida. He has been instrumental in the development of many national organizations and societies, including the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity.

A long time friend of NPF, Bernie has a personal interest in Parkinson’s disease as well and is committed to bringing his knowledge and expertise to bear on our mission. He joined the NPF Board of Directors in September 2007.

Also elected Vice Chairman was E. Richard Alhadeff, Esq. Richard is a director and shareholder in the law firm of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., and has served on the NPF board since 2001. The Board would also like to express its most sincere appreciation of the outgoing Chairman, Paul F. Oreffice, and outgoing Vice Chairman, Daniel Arty, for their years of hard work on the organization’s behalf. Mr. Oreffice and Mr. Arty will continue to serve on the Executive Committee and despite the passing of batons; both have assured the Board of their continued commitment and availability.

“I look forward to working closely with Bernie and Richard, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, as we forge the next chapter in NPF’s history” stated Joyce Oberdorf, recently named President and CEO.

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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