The Team

The Team

Sarah Jones, MPA, MS Strategic Design

CEO

With more than 25 years of experience leading non-profits and health care programs, Sarah is an energetic, visionary leader who is continually looking for opportunities to increase impact and solve unmet needs.  Her expertise extends to creating dynamic work cultures, systemic transformations, and blending passion for mission with innovative, high-quality business models. Sarah has designed programs and led trainings for local, national and international audiences, including groups in Canada and Botswana. Driven by the belief that life is too short to just show up every day, she strives to create a world that we are excited to live in and be a part of.

Maureen Simmons, MA, Philanthropy & Development, CFRE

VP, Philanthropy

Maureen joined the Parkinson Movement & Disorder Alliance in June, 2018.  She brings over 20 years of nonprofit experience to PMDAlliance, most notably in her recent role as Executive Director for the New Mexico Parkinson’s Coalition.  Maureen is passionate about life, mission-driven and donor-centric. She earned her Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and was awarded the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2009. Maureen lives in New Mexico and loves the outdoors!

Andrea Merriam

Director of Community Engagement

Andrea brings 15 years experience in corporate sales and marketing to the PMDAlliance team. Andrea has an ability to look below the surface and discover hidden treasures that helps to translate the power of PMDAlliance programming. Her talents shine at the intersection of creativity and strategy, and her refined communication skills make her a perfect choice to manage our digital presence, social media, and community outreach.

Becky Branum

Program Manager

Becky Branum brings her friendly professionalism, kind concern about people, and attention to detail to all aspects of her work as PMDAlliance Program Manager. Drawing on nearly a decade of experience at a a major movement disorder and research facility, and five years as an Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator, she possesses the range and depth of abilities necessary to deliver high quality programming. Becky’s motto, “Let’s do it – and let’s do it well,” inspires her work and energizes everyone around her.

Margie Gray, CPC

Communication & Events Manager

Margie  joins PMDAlliance bringing decades of experience coordinating and managing the offices and practices of various movement disorder physicians and neurosurgeons.  With a deep bench of experience in the medical side of Parkinson’s and other movement disorders, an eye for detail and a big heart she embodies the “just do it” spirit of PMDAlliance in all she does. She is an energetic person committed to supporting my work community as a team player in setting and achieving goals while maintaining a high level of personal integrity, loyalty and confidentiality.

Robin Myers, MAc

Finance & Market Analyst

Robin brings accounting expertise and creativity with a human touch to her role with PMDAlliance.  With extensive experience in accounting and financial management in nonprofits, as well as grant reporting, Robin manages the financial aspects of PMDAlliance.  In addition to this experience, Robin is completing her training as an acupuncturist and is looking forward to utilizing Chinese medicine to help bring health and healing to others.  Robin’s decades of management experience in a variety of fields will enable her to perform extensive research and analysis in needs assessments and service availability in various regions across the US.

Judy Talley, MA Gerontology

Special Projects

Judy draws upon two decades of experience in housing, services and healthcare for older adults to inform her passion for designing and implementing dynamic, quality programming. With leadership experience in assisted living, rehabilitation and nursing facilities, Judy brings a wealth of information about training, program design and delivery for older adults and adults navigating chronic, degenerative diseases. She has expertise in developing educational programs for varied audiences. Judy leads the Certified Parkinson Disease Care™ program and provides guidance and information about navigating changes in care needs and lifestyle choices.