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PDF Welcomes New Team Members

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three exceptional people to the PDF staff: Christiana Evers, Director of Communications; Elizabeth Pollard, Manager of the World Parkinson Congress/2006 (a new position, housed at PDF but serving a collaboration of professional and patient-voluntary groups behind this major event); and Mary Steyer, Public Information Associate (also a new position).

Ms. Evers brings impressive knowledge and experience to PDF from her work at the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations where she served as the Director of Special Projects and Information Services. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and a master's degree in Public Administration, with a specialization in Public and Nonprofit Management, from New York University.

To coordinate the first-ever World Parkinson Congress, PDF and the PD community welcome Ms. Pollard, a seasoned conference planner. Ms. Pollard offers solid international experience through her work as the International Program Manager for Kaplan, Inc., a global education services company. She holds a master's degree in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training in Vermont. She also brings extensive marketing and public relations experience, which she gained at the RUGMARK Foundation in Washington, DC.

Ms. Steyer, Public Information Associate, comes to PDF with a background in Parkinson's, having previously worked for the Parkinson's Action Network. She has a bachelor's degree in public relations and French, and has worked part-time for PDF for the past year.

"The addition of new staff and positions at PDF reflects our commitment to building quality programs for the community," said PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott. "These women are excellent additions to our team."