About APDA

American Parkinson Disease Association

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease (PD) and works tirelessly to assist the more than 1 million Americans with Parkinson’s disease live life to the fullest in the face of this chronic, neurological disorder. Founded in 1961, APDA has raised and invested more than $177 million to provide outstanding patient services and educational programs, elevate public awareness about the disease, and support research designed to unlock the mysteries of Parkinson’s disease and ultimately put an end to this disease. Join us in the fight against Parkinson’s disease and to learn more about the support APDA provides nationally through our network of Chapters and Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, as well as our national Research Program and Centers for Advanced Research.

Senior Leadership

Rebecca Gilbert, MD, PhD

Vice PresidentChief Scientific Officer
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Robin Kornhaber, MSW

Senior Vice President, National Programs and Partnerships
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Michelle Harman McDonald, MSW, LSW

Vice President of Chapter Development & Field Operations
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Stephanie Paul

Senior Vice President Development & Marketing
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Cheryl Weiner

Senior Director, Finance and Administration
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Scientific & Medical Affairs

Board of Directors

Patrick McDermott

Executive Committee

Thomas K. Penett, Esq.
1st Vice Chairman
Sally Ann Esposito Browne
Elena Maestrone Imperato
Mario J. Esposito, Jr.
David J. Butler
Athol Cochrane

Board Members

Bernard Battista
Elizabeth Braun
Lisa Esposito, DVM
Donna J.C. Fanelli
Michael Melnicke
Joel A. Miele, Jr., PE
David G. Standaert, MD, PhD

Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors

Fred Greene

Emeritus Board Members

Donna Marie Foti
The Hon. John Fusco
Paul G. Gazzara, MD
Michael Halkias
John Z. Marangos, Esq.
Frank Petruzzi
Robert Pirrello
Dorothy Reimers
Scott Schefrin
Jay A. Springer, Esq.
Martin Tuchman
Jerry Wells, Esq.