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.
Shannon Elliott, NASM-CPT, MA
Community Engagement Manager
Shannon utilizes her deep understanding of the body to improve the fitness and overall well-being of people impacted by movement disorders. Trained in Dance for PD and has worked in the professional dance world for 20 years as a performer, teacher, choreographer, director and arts administrator. She teaches exercise and dance programs for people impacted by PD in Santa Fe. With extensive experience in business development and community relations she connects people living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders to health and wellness resources available.
Margie Gray, CPC
Strategic Project 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.
Sarah Jones, MPA, MS Strategic Design
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.
Andrea Merriam, BA
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.
Robin Myers, MAc
Monika Sawdy, RN, MSN-L
VP, Strategic Programs
Monika’s twenty-five years of experience as a nurse in movement disorders and other settings provides a bridge between the medical world and PMDAlliance’s focus on quality of life programming. Her experience as an Army EMT and in nursing leadership offers a depth of experience and compassion for supporting individuals facing challenging times. Born in Germany, her global perspective informs PMDAlliance’s ability to reach underserved areas. Monika has extensive experience working with geriatric populations and has worked in hospice and in various leadership roles within medical organizations and hospitals.
Maureen Simmons, MA, Philanthropy & Development, CFRE
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!
Judy Talley, MA Gerontology
Director, Certified Parkinson Disease Care Program
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.