Marti is a native of Winter Park, Florida and owned her own insurance agency. She is the mother of two, grandmother to five, great-grandmother of two and a life partner to David who is diagnosed with Parkinson's. As his care partner, Marti dedicates herself to ensuring David has every chance to socialize and stay active in all the programs offered in their area. Marti has served on several non-profits as Board President in previous years. In Marti's role as PACF President, she plans to teach the community about Parkinson's as well as raise money to grow the organization.
Chuck received a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Florida in 1966. His post graduate work includes a J.D. from the University of Florida in 1969 and an L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Miami in 1971. Chuck’s areas of practice are Estate Planning, Probate and Guardianship Administration and Probate and Trust Litigation.
Chuck became interested in Parkinson programs and research after his brother-in-law was diagnosed several years ago. Chuck serves on the Board of Directors for PACF as the Vice President.
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.
Gail, a Chicago native, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where she met her husband, John. They have five children and eleven grandchildren, scattered from Boston, and Atlanta, to Orlando. They spend much of their leisure time with their family and John’s golf passion. She worked in the meeting industry, facilitating corporate meetings. Shortly after John retired from Lockheed Martin, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Since that unsettling news, Gail has concentrated on easing the path forward for both her husband and others impacted by Parkinson’s. Serving on the PACF board has given her many opportunities to help the community of Parkinson’s patients improve their lives.
A resident of Central Florida since 1977, John lives in Altamonte Springs with his wife, Nicole, and their two very active sons, Nicholas and Colin. He enjoys traveling with the family as well as the occasional pick-up game of basketball. His community service includes the Altamonte Springs Rotary as well as serving as a Board Member with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was also previously recognized as one of Central Florida’s Top Ten Men to Watch by the Orlando Business Journal.
John’s passion for a Parkinson’s cure began with his wife’s subtle symptom of a toe twitch back in 2007. Fast forward after many years of misdiagnosis and worsening symptoms, Nicole’s confirmation of early onset Parkinson’s was unfortunately realized. This diagnosis has led me to look for ways to not only educate myself about the disease to be a better caregiver but to also look for ways to have a positive impact on our quest for a cure.
Kanwar served as the President of Tupperware U.S., Inc. and as President of Asia Pacific & Middle East at Jeunesse, LLC. He has demonstrated a proven history of leadership. He has consistently established a clear, systematic growth strategy for businesses and has helped transform companies with declining sales into top earners. He brings a wealth of experience and professional acumen to our Board.
Kanwar was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s and has focused his considerable, positive energy on personally fighting the advance of Parkinson’s symptoms through exercise and clinical advances.
Dr. Rita Bornstein 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”.
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.
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.
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.
Todd Stewart is Director of Content for Entertainment & Features at the Orlando Sentinel. With more than 20 years of journalism experience across four states, Todd was transplanted to Central Florida and the Orlando Sentinel in 2005. In 2017, Todd won a regional Emmy Award for community service for work covering the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub attack. In 2018, Todd publicly revealed his Young Onset Parkinson’s via a first-person story and video that attracted attention across the globe. His passions are to support other young-onsets in their battle and, personally, to be the first poker player with Parkinson’s to win a World Series of Poker bracelet.
Rachel is a current Master of Business Administration candidate at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. She received undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology from Stetson University, where she played on the lacrosse team and was involved in various extracurricular activities. Rachel became aware of the Parkinson Association of Central Florida through Crummer and is honored to be able to serve on the board. She is most excited to help plan the Walk for Parkinson and to be able to support 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.
Dr Nancy Peck retired from the University of Miami in 2002 and was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2012. At the University, Nancy both learned and taught courses related to Learning Disabilities, Reading and Equity. She also managed several educational grants from local, state, and federal governments. Her focus in education, however,
remained with the Desegregation Center, providing technical assistance to school districts in the eight southern states. Nancy was Director of the Center from 1996-2002. Sharing information on Parkinson's has now become a priority.