At the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and Professional Advisory Board on December 4, 2013, election results were announced. We are pleased to inform you of the following:
Board of Directors
Officers: Chairman: Edwin B. George, MD, PhD
President: Peter A. LeWitt, MD
Vice Chairman: William Suminski
Treasurer: Lawrence Millman, CPA
Secretary: Nanette Michaels
New Board Members: Welcome to Todd Gardner! Mr. Gardner has Young Onset Parkinson's. He is very actively involved in family life and in his current position with the State of Michigan. He created a non-profit, Making the Turn Against Parkinson's, which focuses on holding annual golf outings to benefit the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. The first golf outing was held last June and was both successful and exciting. Mr. Gardner has voiced interest in being on MPF's Technology Committee. We are thrilled that he has accepted a 1 year position.
Dr. Richard Merson elected to a three-year seat. Dr. Merson has been the Chairman of the Professional Advisory Board for the last 4 years and, as such, has held a seat on the Board. His turn as PAB Chair is completed and he was elected to a regular seat on the Board. Dr. Merson is a speech and language pathologist, Coordinator for Special Clinics and Research, Beaumont Hospital, and is an Associated Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He has been actively involved in MPF for over 20 years.
Re-elected Board members:
Jeffrey Appel, Esq.
Dr. Peter LeWitt
Judge Gail McKnight
Richard McKnight, Esq.
Many thanks to Peter Hasbrook, Amy Jackson, and Blake Johnson who have taken a leave from the Board of Directors. We know they will remain active with support groups and functions.
Professional Advisory Board
Chairperson: Shana Krstevska, MD
Dr. Krstevska was elected as the new Chairperson following the expiration of Dr. Merson's term of office. She is a movement disorder specialist at Henry Ford Health System, with offices in Troy and Detroit. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Neurology, at Wayne State Univesity School of Medicine. She has been very actively involved in the Michigan Parkinson Foundation for many years on the PAB, giving lectures, consultation, and programs. We are proud to welcome Dr. Krstevska to this position.
Karen Freshwater, PA-C, Bronson Hospital. Ms. Freshwater assumed her position as Physician Assistant for the Neurology Department 3 years ago and has demonstrated excellent skills both in care of people with PD and in program development. She has reinvented the Kalamazoo Support Group which is now one of the largest attended groups in the state, and has masterminded new exercise programs and services for people with PD at Bronson. This past summer, she spearheaded the Regional Education Program which was held in Kalamazoo. Welcome to Karen Freshwater!
Kelvin Chou, MD, University of Michigan
Brian Cooper, OTR, Residential Home Health
Paul A. Cullis, MD, St. John Hospital
John Goudreau, DO, PhD, Michigan State University
Peter A. LeWitt, MD, Henry Ford Hospital
Denise Van Etten, RN, Michigan State University
Laura Zeitlin, MSW, University of Michigan
Many thanks to Dr. Mark Ensberg, a Gerontologist in Lansing, who has resigned from the PAB. His help in focusing on issues of late stage PD has been invaluable.