The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is pleased to announce new members of its People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council. The council is made up of people living with Parkinson’s disease and care partners who help drive PDF’s goals of ending the disease and supporting those affected by it.
“PDF exists to meet the needs of the Parkinson’s disease community, but we can only do that if we ask for guidance from those we serve,” says PDF President Robin Elliott. “We welcome our newest advisors, knowledgeable patient leaders who have the expertise to help us more effectively improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s disease.”
Advisory council members guide PDF’s mission and priorities; identify and solve unmet needs; provide input on programs; and serve as liaisons to the community. The advisory council has steered PDF toward its most critical programs, including its annual Community Choice Research Awards, which seek feedback from the patient community on scientific research. Additionally, its members have played a vital role in the development of educational materials to help inform their peers, including PDF’s popular Parkinson’s Disease Resource List and its educational webinars.
The advisory council’s newest members, all of whom live with Parkinson's disease, represent a wide range of communities, professional skills and personal experiences. They include the following individuals:
Julio Angulo, Ph.D., of Mesa, AZ: a retired clinical and forensic psychologist, who ran his own private practice for more than 30 years.
Girija Muralidhar, Ph.D., of Poway, CA: a retired research scientist who worked in the field of immunology for 30 years to develop new vaccines and treatments.
Daniel Novak, Ph.D., of Fort Worth, TX: an executive coach and assistant professor of business administration who spent 30 years in executive roles at IBM.
A.C. Woolnough, of Sandpoint, ID: a retired high school principal and English teacher with more than 35 years of experience in education in Alaska, Idaho and California.
Alan B. Zimmerman, of Knoxville, TN: a veteran of the US Navy, and a retired real estate broker and small business owner.
“As members of the PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, we understand more than anyone the realities of the disease and the urgency to find better treatments and a cure. We can and will work tirelessly on behalf of the one million Americans who live with Parkinson’s disease to ensure PDF’s programs meet their needs and priorities,” added Linda Morgan, M.B.A., R.Ph., of Asheville, NC, Chair of the advisory council.
Ms. Morgan remains Chair of the advisory council and a member of the PDF Board of Directors. Karen Smith, of Evansville, IN, remains Vice Chair of the advisory council.