Board of Directors
Jennifer Anderson, PT, DPT, NCS
Jennifer is a physical therapist with a passion for Parkinson’s Disease. She founded Root Physical Therapy, which is specifically designed to empower people with PD. Jennifer earned her doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from A.T. Still University. She is a board certified neurologic clinical specialist (NCS) which is a distinguishing certification attained by successful completion of a rigorous examination, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in neurologic physical therapy practice. She is LSVT BIG® certified, and PWR! trained.
Brian Baehr, MBA.
With more than twenty years of experience in land acquisition and disposition, as well as land development operations that include master planning, civil engineering, and zoning entitlement, Brian fervently approaches Parkinson’s from a mindset that focuses on strengths, not deficits. As Vice President of Land Development at Grayhawk Development, his work extends to land planning and development, including playing a major role in the creation of many of Arizona’s leading master-planned communities. Diagnosed in his early 40’s, Brian fervently approaches Parkinson’s from a mindset that focuses on strengths, not deficits.
Yi-Wen started volunteering at PMDAlliance through the ‘Intel fellowship program’ with non-profit organizations upon her retirement from Intel in 2016 after 25 years of service in Finance and Supply Chain Management. Prior to Intel, she was a certified public accountant at Arthur Andersen in auditing for 5 years. Yi-Wen’s father had dealt with Parkinson’s for over 20 years and past away 5 years ago in her native country Taiwan. What PMD champions is near and dear to her heart, and she wishes to always stay connected to the Parkinson’s community and contribute!
Mark H. Evans
A Systems and Technology Manager and Microsoft Database Developer who lives in the Tucson, Arizona area, possesses a background that includes work in the fields of law enforcement, telecommunications, construction, broadcasting, association communications and publishing, information technology, and pastoring. He has worked in both non-profit and commercial organizations and enjoys contributing to organizational and cultural development. With a maternal grandmother who had Parkinson disease, Mark brings a personal dedication and mission to his work with PMDAlliance.
Pauline Urbano Hechler, CFRE
With nearly 30 years in the nonprofit sector as a professional fundraiser, Pauline has experience across the sector, from community foundations to the arts to hospitals to innovative private schools to human services. She has led teams that raised $10 M annually (Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, where she was Chief Development Officer), with more than $150 M raised over the course of her career. Pauline has a degree in English Literature from the University of Washington and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. In 2010, she was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional by AFP – Southern Arizona Chapter. In 2011 Pauline was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Ron, a tireless advocate for people with PD and an active volunteer in the Phoenix area, brings his varied professional and personal experience to the PMDAlliance Board of Directors. A friendly optimist who enjoys helping others, Ron is a natural role model for people with Parkinson disease. Diagnosed in 2009, he reminds us all to laugh every day and find what’s good in life. Before retiring, Ron spent over 30 years with Farmers Insurance Company and nearly two decades in the electronics industry. He’s volunteered as a reserve police officer, deputy sheriff, and at the Mesa Arts Center.
Karen M. Skipper, MT-BC
Karen is a Board Certified Music Therapist and Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow who has maintained a successful private music therapy practice in Orange County, CA for over 30 years. Her advanced training as a Neurologic Music Therapist gives her additional knowledge and expertise in the use of music to treat neurologic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. She is the director of the Orange County Tremble Clefs, a therapeutic singing group for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners. She is excited to be working with PMDA to help people with Parkinson’s live a better life.
Lauren Schroeder, MPA.
Lauren brings to PMDAlliance over a decade of experience leading and supporting the initiatives of local nonprofits and global community-based organizations through strategic planning, grant writing and management, program development and implementation, results based impact evaluation, and coalition building. Committed to public service and working with under-served or overlooked populations to address disparities and increase capacity for social equity, she currently instructs persons of all ages living with disabilities to ride horses at Therapeutic Riding of Tucson.
Rebecca has been on the PMDAlliance Board of Directors since 2015. She served as Eastside Neighbors Volunteer Program (ENVP) President in 2014 and 2015 and as treasurer in 2012 and 2013. A volunteer with ENVP from 2005 to 2012, she provided transportation, errand running and visitations for eastside seniors. Now the Manager of Data & Program Projects at Literacy Connects, she has worked in project management in many high profile companies, including: B/E Aerospace, Corporate Express, and MCI WorldCom. She holds degrees from Minnesota’s Alexandria Technical College and Willmar Technical College.
Gillian Wettstein, BS.
Gillian worked in the field of finance for over 20 years. serving as Chief Financial Officer for multimillion-dollar nonprofit and national organizations. With a deep understanding of nonprofit finance, growth planning and assuring financial integrity, she excels at internal control and nonprofit fund accounting, as well as aligning financial practices with delivery of mission focused services. Gillian’s career has focused on Tucson nonprofit organizations in areas such as education, social services, and health care. She is a Tucson native and graduated from the University of Arizona as a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising and Promotion.