Board of Directors

Wisconsin APDA Chapter Board of Directors


Barbara Wiechers  


Barbara graduated from UW Madison with a degree in social work, and worked for over 30 years in Child Protective Services.  Barbara joined the board in July 2014 and became treasurer in July 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-WI and is hoping to encourage many others to become more involved in the exercise programs available to persons with Parkinson’s Disease.

Bob Nasett

Bob has been involved in the Wisconsin Chapter APDA for several years and has lived with PD for over 15 years.  He  graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a bachelor’s in Business Management and from MATC in Electronics Servicing.  He has extensive management background to support and assist chapter activities.  He also has an incredible support base of family and friends, who have held several fundraisers on his behalf. They started the Parkinson’s Half Marathon & 5K in 2012 to raise money for innovative exercise programs in Wisconsin.

Phil Schleicher

Phil Schleicher joined the board of directors of the American Parkinson Disease Association- Wisconsin Chapter in the spring of 2013. He is a person living with Parkinson’s having been diagnosed in February 2010, at age 45. He and his partner, Steve Schumacher, live on the far east side of Madison. He enjoys gardening, biking, traveling, and politics. Phil hails from Beaver Dam, WI where he grew up on a dairy farm working alongside his siblings and parents.  He graduated from University of Wisconsin – Platteville with his BS in 1987 and from University of Wisconsin-Madison with his MS opinion 1991. His past work history includes working as a high school teacher from 1987-2002 and working as an insurance underwriter from 2002-2013.  He retired in 2013 but returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher in 2014.Phil is extremely honored to serve on the APDA -WI Chapter.  Please feel to contact him with questions, thoughts, and suggestions.

Courtney Broadfoot

Courtney Broadfoot works clinically as a speech language pathologist and is a PhD student in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on communication and cognitive abilities impacted by the progression of PD 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 board of directors in March 2018.


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Honorary board members

Don Behnke

Don helped organize the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association when it started in 2005. He has had Parkinson disease for over 20 years.

Dave Iverson

Dave 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. David Iverson 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.

Sherri Zelazny

Sherri Zelazny is a clinical speech pathologist with more than 27 years experience. She has been involved with the Parkinson community both personally and professionally for many years. She was the recipient of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics 2011 Community Service Award for her work with the WI APDA.  Her dedication to the Parkinson’s community continues in Vancouver, BC as a board member of the Parkinson Society British Columbia. A piece of her heart will always remain with the WI APDA and all of the wonderful people who make it so successful.

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