About APDA Massachusetts

About Us

The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association supports the national mission 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.

Our goals include to:

  • Better educate the general public about Parkinson’s disease.
  • Develop necessary services for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers.
  • Facilitate raising enough funds to find the cure for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Provide resources for the leaders of Parkinson’s support groups in Massachusetts.
  • Collaborate with the APDA Information & Referral Center to increase services throughout Massachusetts.

Our Chapter Board

The Chapter Board is comprised of approximately twenty volunteers with diverse backgrounds who meet monthly to direct the operation of the APDA Massachusetts Chapter. Board members are not paid for their services and are committed to the mission of helping find a cure through funding research, and to helping people in their day-to-day activities. Board members work extremely hard in planning and organizing information sessions, the Annual “Optimism Walk” and numerous fundraising events.

All are welcome to sit-in on Board meetings, and those interested in doing more can apply to become Board members, subject to Chapter Bylaws.

President: Kristin Stapleton

Vice President: Melissa Diggin, NP

Treasurer: Alex Yen, PhD

Secretary: Marcia Goldfinger

Member at Large: Joseph Feiner

Member at Large: Dan Harvey

Member at Large: Meg McAuliffe

Member at Large: Kent Moffat

Member at Large: Saba Shahid

Member at Large: Laurie Jo Tullis

Member at Large: Robert Tullis

Member at Large: Denyse Turpin, MPH, RN

Advisor: Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS

Advisor: Donna McLaughlin, MSW, LICSW

Advisor: Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC

Advisor: Leslie Scheer

Advisor: David Sommer, MD, MPH

Advisor: Lisa Sommers, MA, CCC-SLP

Advisor: Cathi Thomas, MS, RN

Advisor: Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA