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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.


People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council Members

Claire Berman
New York, NY

Elaine Casavant, R.N.
Lansing, MI

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

Diane Cook
Denver, CO

Maria De Leon, M.D.
Nacogdoches, TX

Carol Fox
Sarasota, FL

Anthony Geraci, M.D.
Canandaigua, NY

Nan Little, Ph.D.
Seattle, WA

Linda M. Morgan, M.B.A., R.Ph. (Chair)
Asheville, NC

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 (Vice Chair)
Evansville, IN

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


Founding & Former Members

We thank the following members for their years of service.

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

Carey Christensen*
Stanwood, WA

Steve DeWitte
Washington, CT

Hao Dong, Ph.D.
Tallahassee, FL

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

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

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

Michael O’Leary*
Anthem, AZ

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

*Denotes founding member

+Denotes deceased