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People with Parkinsonís Advisory Council

Meet the members of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) People with Parkinson's Advisory Council (PPAC). PDF launched PPAC in 2006 to ensure that the perspective of people living with Parkinson’s is integrated into our program development and priority setting. This group drives PDF’s mission to support research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s. 

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

Note from PDF: Members of PPAC have just launched a special fundraiser to support PDF’s Community Choice Research Awards. Their goal is to raise $25,000 to support research for under-recognized symptoms of PD. Learn more and support their team’s efforts!

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People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council Members

Julio Angulo, Ph.D.
Portland, OR

Mary Bendelow, Ph.D.
Conifer, CO

Elaine Casavant, R.N.
Lansing, MI

Carol Fox
Sarasota, FL

Anthony Geraci, M.D.
Canandaigua, NY

Andrée Jannette
West Chester, PA

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

Jay Phillips
Summerville, SC

Marilyn Phillips, P.T.
Summerville, SC

Paul Rohrlich, Ph.D.
Falls Church, VA

Judi Sechter
Merrick, NY

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

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

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

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