Board Members

Jennifer Anderson, PT, DPT, NCS

Jennifer is a physical therapist with a passion for Parkinson’s Disease. She founded Root Physical Therapy, with services 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), a distinguished 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.

Sandipan Bhattacharjee, MS, PhD

As an assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, Dr. Bhattacharjee’s work 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 presentation topics include neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, depression, psychotropic medication use, chronic conditions, and gender differences among older adults. He has received awards from the International Society of PharmacoeconomicsAmerican Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; and American Public Health Association.

Timothy Bruns, BFA, MS Strategic Design

Timothy is an accomplished strategic, creative, and executive leader who has been defining and executing strategic and creative visions for dozens of leading global brands for twenty-five years. He has partnered with global and regional marketing leaders to drive cultural transformations around marketing disciplines, brand strategies, digital transformations, world-class creative, and creative/production processes. Timothy has led internal and external teams of all sizes consisting of strategists, creatives, UXD’s, project managers, producers, and freelancers. 

Lauren Schroeder, MPA

Lauren brings to PMD Alliance 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. She currently instructs persons of all ages living with disabilities to ride horses at Therapeutic Riding of Tucson. She is committed to public service and working with underserved or overlooked populations to address disparities and increase capacity for social equity. 

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 (MAPC) at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. MAPC, part of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, is a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence.

Karen M. Skipper, MT-BC

Karen is a board-certified Music Therapist and Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) Fellow who has maintained a successful private music therapy practice in Orange County, CA for over 30 years.  Her advanced training in NMT 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 PMD Alliance to help people with Parkinson’s live a better life.

Pauline Urbano-Hechler, CFRE

Pauline is a nonprofit professional with nearly 30 years of experience in fund development, marketing, communications, program development, and grant writing/grantmaking. She has led fundraising efforts for various charities as director of development, executive director, and paid consultant, resulting in over $150 million for community foundations, the arts, health care, education and social services.

Rebecca Werner

Rebecca has been on the PMDAlliance Board of Directors since 2015 and has a long history of supporting her community.  She served as President (2014-2015) and Treasurer (2012-2013) with the Eastside Neighbors Volunteer Program (ENVP) in Tucson, AZ. From 2005-2012 she also worked as a volunteer with ENVP providing transportation, errand running and visitations for eastside seniors. Her current role is the Manager of Data & Program Projects at Literacy Connects, which includes project management at 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.