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PDF Welcomes New Strengths to Board

We are pleased to announce the election of three new board members to PDF's multi-talented board. Each of the three has been appointed for their individual expertise, their philanthropic interests and for their evident passion for hastening the day to find a cure for Parkinson's.

Mrs. Marie Schwartz
Marie Schwartz, the widow of philanthropist-benefactor Arnold Schwartz brings a wealth of nonprofit expertise gained through a life-long commitment to the independent sector as active board member, philanthropist and benefactor for a wide range of nonprofit fields and leading institutions. She is president of the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Fund for Education and Health Research, a private foundation that funds youth, health, medical, educational and cultural programs of institutions in New York, across the nation and internationally. She serves as board member to many high profile nonprofit institutions in the medical, educational and arts fields including New York University; the United Hospital Fund of New York; the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; the Metropolitan Opera Association; the Police Athletic League of New York City and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. A writer by profession, she is author of a number of books (under her maiden name, Marie Smith) and held the position of White House correspondent for the Washington Post during the administration of four Presidents: Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.

Howard D. Morgan
Active in private equity since 1984, Howard D. Morgan, is a Managing Director at New York City based Castle Harlan, Inc. Prior to joining, Castle Harlan, Mr. Morgan was a partner at The Ropart Group, in Greenwich, CT, a private equity investment firm. His experience also includes dozens of corporate board positions, working in mergers and acquisitions at Allen & Company, Inc. and a two-year tenure as Executive Director of CHAMP Pty Ltd, an affiliate of Castle Harlan, in Sydney, Australia from 2000-2002. An MBA graduate from Harvard Business School, Mr. Morgan brings a welcome mix of creativity and analytical skills to the PDF board. He lives with his wife Ginger and three children in Darien, CT.

Margo Catsimatidis
Margo Catsimatidis is an accomplished advertising and business professional who for the past decade has been co-publisher of the Hellenic Times, a leading national Greek-American newspaper. In 1973, she joined a young company called Red Apple Supermarkets after a promising career in ballet was cut short by a dance related injury. Unknowingly, this job would guide both her career, and her life. She later married owner John Catsimatidis and together they guided the Red Apple Group, which includes Gristedes Supermarkets, the chain in NYC to its thriving success.

In 1984, she founded MCV Advertising Associates, one of the premier print agencies in the New York metropolitan area that specializes in retail print advertising.

With her husband John, a successful businessman who has real estate, oil refining and other interests in addition to his retail food chains, she has been active in a wide variety of charitable enterprises, including establishing the Archbishop lakovos Home for the elderly, a 200-bed facility located in Queens, and leadership positions with the National Alzheimer's Association; the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation; the Police Athletic League and New York Hospital and is a leading representative for the Greek Orthodox Church. She serves on the boards of the Russian Heritage Foundation; The Tolstoy Foundation and the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund, which she founded.

Playing a part in almost every facet of New York City life, Mrs. Catsimatidis is a member of the West Side Chamber of Commerce, where her energy has turned a little known street fair into one of the City's largest annual public events, the Columbus Avenue Festival.

Mrs. Catsimatidis has long been a good friend to the PDF and for several years has chaired, with enormous success, the organizations annual fundraising gala. She lives in NYC with her husband, John and two children, Andrea and John, Jr.