Board of Directors

Wisconsin Board of Directors

Greg Chesmore, Chairman of the Board

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. 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.

Kary Beck, Vice Chair

Kary Beck, APDA Wisconsin Board of DirectorsKary Beck is a public relations professional specializing in social media and digital marketing. She joined the APDA Wisconsin Board in a few weeks after her husband, Dave, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2018. Over her 40+ year career in strategic communications, she has created and implemented marketing  and community outreach campaigns that included blogging, direct mail, e-blasts, websites, and editorial and paid media coverage in Wisconsin and across the nation. 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, Secretary

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. Courtney will be leading the planning and management of our annual Wisconsin Optimism Walk.

Tom Engels, Treasurer

As CEO of T.A. Engels Consulting, Tom Engels has 35+ years’ of experience in marketing, public relations, media and fundraising. Engels has provided business development, marketing and grant writing services to many nonprofits, including Tellurian Inc. Experienced in securing new business relationships and expanding existing business partnerships, Engels has facilitated strategic planning workshops with a focus on increasing revenue, brand awareness and community support.

Susan Armstrong

Susan Armstrong, APDA Wisconsin Board of DirectorsSusan Armstrong is a physical therapist and the owner/founder Stellar Rehabilitation, LLC.  Stellar Rehabilitation is a comprehensive therapy provider, offering physical, occupational and speech/language therapy services to a variety of clients, including people with Parkinson’s disease. Susan partners with home care, hospice and assisted living organizations, providing skilled therapists offering excellent care in multiple settings and through multidisciplinary approaches. Her team offers community presentations and complimentary Falls Prevention Screenings.

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.

Jessica Wagner

Jessica Wagner, APDA Wisconsin Board of DirectorsJessica Wagner is marketing and communications professional at APTIM, which administers Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewables program, Focus on Energy. She has 15 years of experience in marketing for a variety of industries along with developing and implementing strategic marketing plans, event planning, brand awareness campaigns, website development and helping organizations use their Customer Relationship Management software. Jessica’s father was diagnosed with PD around 2008 and she joined the board to better understand how PD affects not only the individual but their family and be able to provide resources to her family as his PD progresses. Jessica will be leading the planning and management of the Wisconsin Parkinson’s Symposium. She is also on the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association – Madison Chapter.

 

Advisory board

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.

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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 APDA Wisconsin Board in 2013. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 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. His career includes working as a high school teacher and an insurance underwriter.

Barbara Wiechers

Barb WeichersBarbara Wiechers joined the APDA Wisconsin Board in 2014 and served as treasurer from 2016 to 2020. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 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 encourages others to become more involved in the exercise programs available to persons with Parkinson’s Disease. Barbara worked for 30+ years in Child Protective Services.

Sherri Zelazny

Sherri ZelaznySherri Zelazny is a clinical speech pathologist with 30+ years experience and has been involved with the Parkinson’s community for many years. She was the recipient of the UW Hospital and Clinics 2011 Community Service Award for her work with APDA Wisconsin. Her dedication to the PD 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.