Board of Directors

Wisconsin Board of Directors

Barbara Wiechers, Treasurer

Barb WeichersBarbara Wiechers joined the APDA Wisconsin Board in 2014 and became treasurer in 2016. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in February 2011 and that summer began participating in PD Zumba and PD Rhythm dance classes. That led to her involvement in Step-by-Step, PD Boxing and PD Rowing.  She is enthusiastic about the opportunities and resources offered by APDA Wisconsin and is hoping to encourage many others to become more involved in the exercise programs available to persons with Parkinson’s Disease. Barbara graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a degree in social work, and worked for over 30 years in Child Protective Services.

Kary Beck

Kary BeckKary Beck is a public relations professional specializing in social media and digital marketing. She joined the APDA Wisconsin Board in June 2018 a few weeks after her husband, Dave, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Over her 40+ year career in strategic communications, she has created and implemented marketing campaigns that included blogging, surveys, direct mail, e-blasts, telemarketing, personal visit scripts, presentation portfolios, websites, and editorial and paid print, radio and television coverage. Kary is also on Board of Directors of Blue Trunk Foundation, whose mission is to make travel accessible for everyone, regardless of disability or health condition.

Courtney Broadfoot

Courtney BroadfootCourtney Broadfoot is a speech language pathologist and is a PhD student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research focuses on communication and cognitive abilities impacted by the progression of Parkinson’s and underlying neuropathology associated with this progression. She hopes a better understanding of the neural pathways affected by PD will aid in developing more effective interventions and improved quality of life outcomes. She joined the APDA Wisconsin Board of Directors in March 2018.

Greg Chesmore

Greg ChesmoreGreg Chesmore‘s passion for patient advocacy spans both his personal and professional lives. Professionally, Greg is a government affairs leader in the biopharmaceutical sector, with a previous career with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Personally, Greg has been engaged in many different APDA Wisconsin activities over the past decade with his partner, Chad, who was diagnosed with PD in 2003 at the age of 33. For the past six years, Greg and Chad have co-chaired APDA Wisconsin’s Wine Event, raising more than $25,000 for community programs for people living with Parkinson’s. A graduate of both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Indiana University, Greg is an avid Wisconsin Badgers fan who most enjoys spending time at Camp Randall and in Napa Valley with his family; Chad and 10-year-old Jordan, and their Great Dane, Penelope Sue.

Nate Nasett

Professionally, Nate Nasett is a business facilitator in the mobile technology sector helping large corporations find solutions, increase productivity, reduce expenses and improve security. He brings these skills and his passion for improving the lives of those living with Parkinson’s and their families. Nate’s family has been impacted by Parkinson’s disease going back several generations. In 2011, Nate ran in a local marathon raising $12,000 for APDA Wisconsin. It was an aha moment. By the following year his family introduced the Parkinson’s Half Marathon. What started as one family’s idea has become an annual event hosted, volunteered and participated by thousands of family and friends of the Nasett family. To date this event has raised over $300,000 for the APDA community in Wisconsin. Be sure to check out the Half Marathon’s Facebook page.

 

Honorary board members

Don Behnke

Don Behnke helped organize the American Parkinson Disease Association, Wisconsin Chapter when it was established in 2005. He has lived with Parkinson’s disease for more than 20 years.

Link to Frontline PBS video

Dave Iverson

Dave Iverson made the PBS Frontline film ‘My Father, My Brother, and Me,’ in which he explores the latest medical research and political debate surrounding Parkinson’s disease — an illness that has affected several members of his family, including Iverson himself. Dave has been an executive producer and anchor of national, regional and local specials for public broadcasting for nearly 30 years. In all, he has written and supervised production of over 25 documentaries for national prime time broadcast on PBS.

Bob Nasett

Bob NassettBob Nasett has served APDA Wisconsin for many years, and has lived with PD for more than 15 years.  Dedicated to not only maintaining his own health, Bob is an independent health, wellness and fitness professional. His management and leadership (not to mention long hours) have supported and assist chapter activities. Bob’s incredible support base of family and friends have held several fundraisers on his behalf. Together they started the very successful Wisconsin Parkinson’s Half Marathon and 5K in Cottage Grove. Since its inception in 2012, this event has made significant strides raising funds for innovative exercise programs in Wisconsin.

Phil Schleicher

Phil SchleicherPhil Schleicher joined the board of directors of the American Parkinson Disease Association, Wisconsin Chapter in 2013. He is a person living with Parkinson’s; diagnosed in 2010 at age 45. He and his partner, Steve Schumacher, live on Madison’s far east side. He enjoys gardening, biking, traveling and politics. Phil hails from Beaver Dam, where he grew up on a dairy farm working alongside his siblings and parents. His career includes working as a high school teacher from 1987-2002 and an insurance underwriter from 2002-2013. He retired in 2013 but returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher in 2014.

Sherri Zelazny

Sherri ZelaznySherri Zelazny is a clinical speech pathologist with nearly 30 years experience. She has been involved with the Parkinson’s community for many years. She was the recipient of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics 2011 Community Service Award for her work with APDA Wisconsin. Her dedication to the community continues in Vancouver, BC as a Board Member of the Parkinson Society British Columbia. To quote her, “A piece of my heart will always remain with APDA Wisconsin, and all of the wonderful people who make it so successful.”

 

Interested in getting involved?

APDA Wisconsin is in a growth mode and looking for individuals interested in making a difference right here in Wisconsin. There are a variety of ways you can volunteer  everything from a committee that meets regularly to a one time, small commitment project. Right now to meet the needs in Wisconsin we are actively seeking dedicated people who would like to learn more about APDA Wisconsin and become involved. If you are interested contact Rachel Wilberding.