Meet Our People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council

We are pleased to welcome the five newest members of our People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council. They are helping us to kick off a new and exciting era as the joint Parkinson’s Foundation.

Learn what motivates them to work with the Parkinson’s Foundation.


“My husband’s diagnosis was difficult for our family. I want to let other families know that they are not alone.”

Caryn Balaban, M.P.H.
Phoenix, AZ



“I am determined to use my professional experience in health psychology to advance research and support the Parkinson’s disease community.”

Daniel DeWitt, Psy.D.
Grand Rapids, MI



“I hope that by sharing my journey with young onset Parkinson’s disease, navigating career and family, I can inspire others.”

David Malarkey, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Cary, NC



“I want to be a voice for the Parkinson’s caregivers who, like me, are helping their loved ones to cope with the disease.”

Dana Seyfried, M.A.
Roslyn, NY


“I am excited to help involve the community in cutting-edge research that can improve our lives.”

Robert “Kelly” Sweeney
Portland, OR


Browse Full List of Advisory Council Members

Thank you to our departing members for their service and dedication, including: Elaine Casavant, R.N., Carol Fox, Anthony Geraci, M.D., Jay Phillips, Marilyn Phillips, P.T., and Judi Sechter.

The Parkinson’s Foundation was formed in 2016 through a merger of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation.

One thought on “Meet Our People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council

  1. ahamed

    Welcome. I am sure your experiences in real life will help those with PD and caregivers.
    God Bless.


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