Board Members

Forces of Nature

Meet the doers and disruptors, advisers and executives who’d alter the path of planets to find solutions that help people and transform this field.

Governance 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, 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 Pharmacoeconomics; American 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. 

Pauline Urbano Hechler, CFRE

Pauline is a retired nonprofit executive who loves people and connecting them for the greater good. She brings her vast nonprofit experience, as well a 2011 diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, to the PMD Alliance Board. With 30 years of professional experience in fund development, marketing, communications, program development, and grant writing/grantmaking, Pauline has led fund raising campaigns resulting in over $150 million for community foundations and other nonprofit organizations in health care, the arts, education and social services. Pauline has a BA in English Literature from the University of Washington, and a certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She received her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) certification in 2006.

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.

Rebecca Werner

Rebecca has been on the PMD Alliance 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 was an ENVP volunteer 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. 

Strategic Design Advisory Board

Rhea Alexander

Rhea Alexander is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design at The New School University. She is the founder and Director of the Parsons Entrepreneurs Lab, a design led business lab dedicated to the research and practice of entrepreneurship. Her research focuses on the intersection of innovation and strategy, in particular the integration of design thinking methods into startup culture and problem-solving processes. She sits on the board of the NYC Innovation Collective.

Jerome Goh

Jerome Goh is a Senior Design Lead at IDEO – New York, who helps clients innovate by creating actionable strategies that are informed by users. These strategies lead to innovative solutions that, when implemented, have positive business impact. He has been involved in projects focused on the design and development of products, services, and branded experiential spaces. One important strategy he employs for ensuring success of innovative ideas is to focus on change management programs that help organizations adopt new ideas.

Samar Ladhib

Ms. Ladhib is a design strategist who has a passion for inspiring brand through reinventing their business. She strives to help them address today’s challenges by providing actionable solutions that span across branding, customer experiences, and business innovation. She enjoys working with established brands as much as with aspiring startups and after working with tech and media companies, MS. Ladhab is presently VP Branding Planning at the BX Brand Experience Group where she helps the top 20 pharma companies elevate their brands to the higher purpose they serve.