Jerry Henberger’s strong experience in healthcare, philanthropy and business management has anchored The Parkinson's Association's growth while expanding service to Southern California's Parkinson's communities. Jerry has served in executive positions with his own company, with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, and with the Scripps Health Foundation. His first company was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States with national awards from IBM and 3M.
Jerry’s focus now is to support promising research for Parkinson’s while providing meaningful health care services to the Parkinson’s community.
A long-time San Diegan, Dr. Rick Brydges is a retired Naval Aviator and board member of the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. A superb athlete who lettered in four sports, Rick graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he played quarterback behind the legendary Roger Staubach. Rick joined the military and fought for our freedom. He attended the Top Gun program at Miramar and flew the F-14 Tomcat in Vietnam. Click Board Member's name for more information.
1st Vice President
Dr. Higgins has a professional background in biotechnology research, project management, and business development. He has held positions at several biotech companies, most recently as Executive VP for Business Development and Head of US Operations for BioMedica, Inc., a UK-based gene therapy company. He served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology at SDSU and as an Instructor in the biotech technician-training program at SD City College.
2nd Vice President
Charlie Carey entered the United Sates Naval Academy in 1966, graduating with the Class of 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He also has an M.S. in Business from Indiana State University. He served in the United States Navy from 1970 until his retirement in 1995. Charlie worked as a consultant for several government agencies from 1996 to 2004 and has been the Director of the San Diego & Imperial Counties CFC since 2005. Click Board Member's name for more information.
Pat McDonnell joined the Board in September 2010, bringing with him a wealth of experience in working with the local Parkinson’s community and a keen understanding of the issues facing Parkinson’s families. Pat currently works as senior therapy representative at Medtronic Neuromodulation, the world’s largest medical technology company. Medtronic develops and manufactures devices and therapies to treat more than 30 chronic diseases, including Parkinson’s disease. Click Board Member's name for more information.
Over thirty years of real estate acquisition, development and financing expertise. Areas include multi-family residential, medical office building development, and mobile home park acquisitions. Additional experience in retail mass merchandising.
Specialties:Licensed California Real Estate Broker 00675347. Have also held licenses for the State of Nevada.
Practical experience in: finance, development, acquisitions, hiring, due diligence investigation, valuation analysis, and market research.
Kathy Bruyere, immediate past President of the PASD Board of Directors, has spent her professional life championing many causes, from equal opportunities for women in the military to research for people affected by neurological diseases. For many years, Kathy has contributed to the Association in a meaningful way. Click Board Member's name for more information.
Lester Cohen Lester managed a secure residential treatment facility for seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents while a licensed psychologist in West Virginia. He was previously a co-owner of the Tri-State School of Martial Arts in Ohio, and graduated from the Western School of Law in San Diego, CA in 1990.
Tom Davidson has seen firsthand and has personally benefitted from the work of the PASD. When he was asked to join the board, he believed his years of running small businesses could benefit the Association and the community. Tom has great respect for the wide range of support the PASD gives Parkinson's victims in San Diego, south Riverside and Imperial Counties. Click Board Member's name for more information.
Edward Fitzpatrick is Senior Vice President Special Projects for The Shopoff Group and the Shopoff Properties Trust. His primary focus is on helping to create and implement processes and systems for the investment portfolio.
Mr. Fitzpatrick is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Law School. His passion for real estate development flourished when he founded a building rehabilitation and repair company as a law school student. Mr. Fitzpatrick was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1975, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Building Industry Association.
In 2010 Sherrie Gould was a founding member of the Parkinson's Association's Summit4stemcell. This fund raising group of dedicated volunteers raise both awareness and funds for non embryonic stem cell research for treatment of Parkinson's Disease. Known for climb mountains, BIG mountains with Parkinson's patients and their families to emphasize our cause. Kilimanjaro was first and most recently Mt.Everest Base Camp 1.
Sherrie Gould is a nurse practitioner at the Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines Division of Neurology
Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer and Manager of Torrey Pines Bank's Legal/Professional Banking Services
Specialties:Serving attorneys including law firms with specialized Juris Banking Program. Other professional clients include CPAs, Insurance Agents and engineers. Enjoy assisting
businesses in structuring business and real estate estate financing. Provide unique investment options with full FDIC insurance.
Patrick LoSasso heads up the Los Angeles Board Members with a strong passion for supporting the Parkinson's community. As the former President of the Board for APDALA and Founder of Prevention through Fitness, Patrick leads an expansion effort into the Los Angeles Community. His objective is to bring the Parkinson's Association's services to help the Greater Los Angeles Community live a stronger and healthier life with Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Litvan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, member of the American Neurological Association and is an internationally recognized expert in movement disorders and dementia. She earned her MD from the Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. After completion of her degree, she had a double residency in neurology, first at the Hospital de la Sta Creu i St Pau in Barcelona, Spain, and afterwards at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, where she was also a chief resident.
In 1997 Dr. Litvan became Chief of the Cognitive Neuropharmacology Unit, Defense and Veteran Head Injury Program, at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation in Rockville, MD. In 2000 she became Chief of the Cognitive Neuropharmacology Unit at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. Simultaneously, she began consulting for the Experimental Therapeutics Branch of the NINDS, NIH. In 2002, she accepted a position as Director of the Division of Movement Disorders at the University of Louisville, KY, and Lebby Endowed Professor in Parkinson Disease and Research. There she developed the only National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence in Parkinson Disease in Kentucky.
In 2011, she joined the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego to direct the Movement Disorders Program and become the Tasch Endowed Professor in Parkinson Disease Research.
Dr. Rosemarie Rohatgi, DMD joined the PASD Board of Directors in July 2011. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Rohatgi's primary focus is Dental Sleep Medicine, and currently serves as President of San Diego Academy of General Dentistry. Click Board Member's name for more information.
Carole Sachs is owner and CEO of Comfort Keepers, one of the largest home care companies in San Diego, providing quality and loving in-home senior care for families throughout the area. Comfort Keepers customizes care plans that provide the right mix of services to preserve independence, maintain in-home safety, and enhance quality of life for seniors. Through the years, Carole has created and implemented several training programs that have become best practices for Comfort Keepers franchisees across the United States. Click Board Member's name for more information.
Thelma Balbes, a member of the Parkinson's Association's Executive Committee also serves as a board of directors for the Parkinson's Association's North County Support Group, supporting over 450 members navigate and understand Parkinson's disease. Thelma also serves as a PAIR member for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. She is a strong advocate for Parkinson's research programs.
Tony is founder and president of Platinum Management, LLC a full service, professional parking, valet and traffic control company. For over 20 years Tony has provided service for private, corporate and charitable organizations in a wide variety of venues and for purposes ranging from social gatherings, fundraising galas, to large scale public events. He is widely known for his expertise in the management of traffic flow.
Tony also has helped pioneer the Paws for Parkinson's pet therapy program.
Harry Coplan is a successful businessman and known for his advocacy in San Diego for Civil Rights. Serving on the Parkinson's Association's Strategic Planning Committee, Harry is helping with the Association's branding and expansion plans.
Michelle Schreiner's professional background as a controller for non-profits has served as an adviser to the Parkinson's Association helping with best practices and strategic planning. Active in fund awareness for stem cell research and Parkinson's disease, Michelle is a key member raising funds for the Summit4StemCell research program.
For more than 30 years, Mary Mowry has been deeply motivated to help those suffering with Parkinson's, which affected her first husband for 25 years. She is dedicated to volunteering at PASD in ways that her knowledge and experience make her most helpful. Mary wants her Tulip Tribute to her husband to fund medical research exploring the cause and cure of Parkinson's. This ailment cut short the life of this caring and successful physician, husband and father. Click Founder's name for more information.