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People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC)

The Parkinson’s Foundation’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC) was launched in 2006 to ensure that the perspective of people with Parkinson’s is integrated into our program development and priority setting. This group drives the organization's mission make life better for people with Parkinson’s by improving care and advancing research toward a cure.

Advisory council members are charged with providing input on our priorities and programs; helping us identify and meet the needs of people living with Parkinson’s; and serving as liaisons between the organization and the community. The perspective of these individuals is essential to the relevance and usefulness of our work.

People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council Members

Julio Angulo, Ph.D.
Portland, OR

Caryn Balaban, M.P.H.
Phoenix, AZ

Mary Bendelow, Ph.D.
Conifer, CO

Daniel DeWitt, Psy.D.
Grand Rapids, MI

Andrée Jannette
West Chester, PA

David Malarkey, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Cary, NC

Rebecca Miller, Ph.D.
New Haven, CT

Girija Muralidhar, Ph.D.
Poway, CA

Daniel Novak, Ph.D. (Chair)
Fort Worth, TX

Leslie Peters
Colorado Springs, CO

Paul Rohrlich, Ph.D.
Falls Church, VA

Dana Seyfried, M.A.
Roslyn, NY

Robert “Kelly” Sweeney
Portland, OR

A.C. Woolnough (Vice Chair)
Sandpoint, ID

Alan B. Zimmerman
Knoxville, TN

Founding & Former Members

We thank the following members for their years of service.

Claire Berman
New York, NY

Elaine Casavant, R.N.
Lansing, MI

Carey Christensen*
Stanwood, WA

Christine Colón, M.S., L.C.G.C.
Pleasantville, NY

Diane Cook
Denver, CO

Maria De Leon, M.D.
Nacogdoches, TX

Steve DeWitte
Washington, CT

Hao Dong, Ph.D.
Tallahassee, FL

Joy G. Dryfoos, Ph.D.*+
Boston, MA

David J. Eger, Ph.D.*
White Plains, NY

Carol Fox
Sarasota, FL

Anthony Geraci, M.D.
Canandaigua, NY

Eric Hellinger
Cedar Park, TX

Melinda L. Hermanns, M.S.N., R.N., BC*
Tyler, TX

Rhona B. Johnson*
Greenwich, CT

Daniel J.B. Kiefer, J.D.*
Los Angeles, CA

Jo-Anne Lazarus, Ph.D.*
Madison, WI

Nan Little, Ph.D.
Seattle, WA

Linda M. Morgan, M.B.A., R.Ph.
Asheville, NC

Meredith N. Mucha, M.D.*
Westerville, OH

Michael O’Leary*
Anthem, AZ

Thomas A. Palizzi
Denver, CO

Jay Phillips
Summerville, SC

Marilyn Phillips, P.T.
Summerville, SC

Judi Sechter
Merrick, NY

Marc Sherman, J.D.
Forest Hills, NY

Karen Smith
Evansville, IN

Lillian Snyder*+
Wheaton, IL

Joanna Steichen, M.S.W.*+
New York, NY

Bruce Talbot*+
Moretown, VT

James Trussell*+
Rome, GA

Ann Wasson*
San Francisco, CA

Peggy Willocks
Johnson City, TN

Fred Woodlief, D.D.S.
Richmond, VA

*Denotes founding member

+Denotes deceased

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