Marti was born and raised in Winter Park and owned her own insurance agency. She is the mother of two, and partner to David who is diagnosed with Parkinson's. As a caregiver, Marti dedicates herself to ensuring David has every chance to socialize and stay active in all the programs offered in their area. In Marti's role as President, she plans to teach the community about Parkinson's as well as raise money to grow the organization.
Scott is the Chief Financial Officer at Florida Citrus Sports and will serve as Treasurer on the PACF Board of Directors. His hobbies are playing and watching sports especially the Steelers, Penguins and the Pirates. Scott heard about the Parkinson’s Association through a close friend, and current board member, John Gabriel. John encouraged Scott to join the board and assume the position as Treasurer. Scott wants to help those living with Parkinson’s, their caregivers, and families so everyone can live life to the fullest.
Dr. Rita Bernstein is the past President of Rollins College and is acknowledged for her accomplishments raising the college's ranking from number 6 to number 1 among Regional Universities in the South in the US News & World Report. Upon her retirement she was named Citizen of the Decade by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Bornstein helps to raise funds and awareness at the annual Walk for Parkinson in April of each year. “Someday, we will find a cure”.
John is a former General Manager with the Orlando Magic. During his time with the Magic, they reached the NBA Playoffs 5 times. John was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2012 and understands the many challenges it can have on an individual and their family. He plans to raise awareness and funds to help provide more programs and research to ensure the best care possible.
John Hughes, PGA Master Professional, is an Award-Winning Golf Instructor, Clinician, and Coach to golfers of all skill levels, as well as an accomplished speaker and author. With more than 28 years of experience, John Hughes is a golf coach to beginners, intermediates, elite juniors and amateurs, mini tour and major tour winners. His father has Parkinson's and John understands the importance of exercise and raising awareness for Parkinson's. John hosts a monthly Golf Program dedicated towards motivating those with Parkinson's to continue to enjoy the things they love.
Blair attends the Parkinson Outreach Center’s support groups with her Mother who was diagnosed with Parkinson's for over 23 years. Blair wants to help spread the word about Parkinson's disease, what it is, and how it affects people. She hopes to continue raising money for programs as well as research for treatments and eventually a cure.
Leslie is the Marketing and Recruitment Director for Bioclinica Research and has a background serving on many other non-profit boards. Leslie enjoys reading, visiting museums, and going to playgrounds and splashpads all over Central Florida with her daughter. She first heard about the Parkinson Association through facebook and was able to learn about the support PACF provides for patients and caregivers. Leslie is most excited to help the organization meet the changing needs of families impacted by Parkinson’s disease through diverse programs and therapeutic offerings.
Patrick was born and raised in Orlando and is the Owner of Anytime Fitness in Winter Park. His father had Parkinson's and attended many of the support groups. Even after his father passed, Patrick wanted to give back and provide support to the Parkinson's community.
Anissa is the Parkinson Outreach Program Manager at Florida Hospital. She runs various support groups and programs all around Central Florida. She is dedicated to helping those who are affected by the disease. Anissa's mother has Parkinson's and she is able to relate to those who are dealing with the disease.
Rose has a master’s degree in physical therapy from Springfield College in 2002, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University in 2012. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and has been employed with Select Physical Therapy in Kissimmee, FL since 2005. Since her father’s Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2013, Rose started a support group and comprehensive Parkinson’s program at her facility. She joined the PACF as a medical advisory board member in 2017. As a Team Fox athlete, Rose spreads PD awareness and raises funds for research with various running events and with her annual Pints for Parkinson’s Orlando fundraiser.
Ira J. Goodman, M.D., is a board certified neurologist specializing in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and memory disorders with Bioclinica Research. Dr. Goodman graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1979 and completed his internship in internal medicine at Orlando Regional Medical Center and residency in Neurology at Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida.
Tonya enjoys running, watching her son play football, football games, and blogging about fashion. She became involved with the Parkinson's Association of Central Florida through Anissa Mitchell, the Florida Hospital Parkinson Outreach Program Manager. Tonya wishes to increase its presence in the Central Florida community by increasing community awareness of the many wonderful resources available to people with Parkinson's and their caregivers.
Emily has a Bachelors degree in Communications, from Florida Southern College. She previously worked for a chamber of commerce assisting with event planning and committees as well as leading various marketing strategies. Emily's grandpa had Parkinson's and she enjoys helping make a difference in others lives.