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.
Sandipan Bhattacharjee, MS, PhD
Sandipan “Sandy” Bhattacharjee, MS, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science—focuses on health outcomes among older adults with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and other neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Bhattacharjee’s peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and presentations study neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, depression, psychotropic medication use, chronic conditions, and gender differences among older adults. His awards include those from the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF PHARMACOECONOMICS AND OUTCOMES RESEARCH; AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES OF PHARMACY; and AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION.
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.
Edie Simpson, RN, CNRN
Edie possesses extensive experience as both a Research Nurse and Clinical Nurse in a variety of healthcare fields. She most recently spent 8 years as Research Nurse Clinician and Clinical Nurse Coordinator-Movement Disorders, at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence in Phoenix, AZ.
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.