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Board of Directors

Sheryl Hursh 

President

Sheryl Hursh has an M.S. from UW Madison in Zoology and is an Environmental Science instructor at Madison College.  She is also a dance and fitness instructor and uses her experience to teach PD Rhythm and PD in Motion exercise classes.  Sheryl joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and became a member of the Exercise Committee in 2012. She took over as secretary in October 2015 and President in July 2016.  She also develops videos for the Chapter that promote our PD exercise classes and fundraisers.

Robert Weink

Vice President

Robert is the founder of the home health care agency Midwest Home Care. His passion for caregiving stems from his experience caring for a man with Parkinson’s beginning in  1993. He started Midwest Home Care in 1996 as a private family-focused company to continue the type of care and work he had done for the man living with Parkinson’s. Robert also serves as the president of the Home Care Association of America in Wisconsin. He took on the role of Vice President in July 2016.

Barbara Wiechers  

Treasurer

Barbara graduated from UW Madison with a degree in social work, and worked for over 30 years in Child Protective Services.  Barbara joined the board in July 2014 and became treasurer in July 2016.   She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in February 2011 and that summer began participating in PD Zumba and PD Rhythm dance classes.  That led to her involvement in Step-by-Step, PD Boxing and PD Rowing.  She is enthusiastic about the opportunities and resources offered by APDA-WI and is hoping to encourage many others to become more involved in the exercise programs available to persons with Parkinson’s Disease.

Corinne Jones 

Secretary

Corinne Jones is a speech-language pathologist, specializing in swallowing and swallowing disorders. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and in the Neuroscience Training Program. Her research focuses on early changes in voice and swallowing function in PD, and she believes that early detection can improve treatment outcomes and quality of life. She became secretary in July 2016.

Bob Nasett

Bob has been involved in the Wisconsin Chapter APDA for several years and has lived with PD for over 15 years.  He  graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a bachelor’s in Business Management and from MATC in Electronics Servicing.  He has extensive management background to support and assist chapter activities.  He also has an incredible support base of family and friends, who have held several fundraisers on his behalf. They started the Parkinson’s Half Marathon & 5K in 2012 to raise money for innovative exercise programs in Wisconsin.

 

Phil Schleicher

Phil Schleicher joined the board of directors of the American Parkinson Disease Association- Wisconsin Chapter in the spring of 2013. He is a person living with Parkinson’s having been diagnosed in February 2010, at age 45. He and his partner, Steve Schumacher, live on the far east side of Madison. He enjoys gardening, biking, traveling, and politics. Phil hails from Beaver Dam, WI where he grew up on a dairy farm working alongside his siblings and parents.  He graduated from University of Wisconsin – Platteville with his BS in 1987 and from University of Wisconsin-Madison with his MS opinion 1991. His past work history includes working as a high school teacher from 1987-2002 and working as an insurance underwriter from 2002-2013.  He retired in 2013 but returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher in 2014.Phil is extremely honored to serve on the APDA -WI Chapter.  Please feel to contact him with questions, thoughts, and suggestions.

Giuseppe Paolo Cortese

Giuseppe is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Neurology.  He received his PhD in 2013 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied the role of neuro-inflammation in neurodegenerative diseases.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University in the Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, where he investigated the impact of pathogenic mutations in genes associated with familial Parkinson’s disease.  His current research at UW is dedicated to uncovering the early molecular and cellular events responsible for the selective neurodegeneration associated with PD.  Giuseppe is a native of Racine, WI and joined the board in August of 2016.

Darian Dalsen

Darian joined the board in February 2017.  He is currently the community relations director at Comfort Keepers and has been in this position since February 2014.  He has attended many of the APDA events such as our educational symposium and Optimism Walk.

 

Honorary board members

Don Behnke

Don helped organize the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association when it started in 2005. He has had Parkinson disease for over 20 years.

Dave Iverson

Dave made the PBS Frontline film ‘My Father, My Brother, and Me,’ in which he explores the latest medical research and political debate surrounding Parkinson’s disease — an illness that has affected several members of his family, including Iverson himself. David Iverson has been an executive producer and anchor of national, regional and local specials for public broadcasting for nearly 30 years. In all, he has written and supervised production of over 25 documentaries for national prime time broadcast on PBS.

Sherri Zelazny

Sherri Zelazny is a clinical speech pathologist with more than 27 years experience. She has been involved with the Parkinson community both personally and professionally for many years. She was the recipient of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics 2011 Community Service Award for her work with the WI APDA.  Her dedication to the Parkinson’s community continues in Vancouver, BC as a board member of the Parkinson Society British Columbia. A piece of her heart will always remain with the WI APDA and all of the wonderful people who make it so successful.

The board meets the first  Friday of every month from 11-12 p.m. at Water Tower Place (5900 Monona Drive) in Monona, Wisconsin. If you are interested in joining the board of directors, please contact Jordan at 608-345-7938.

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