Board Members

Board of Directors

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.

Lauren Schroeder, MPH

Board Chair

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. 

Jennifer Anderson, PT, DPT, NCS

Board Secretary

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.

Ava Butler, MA

Board Treasurer

Bio coming soon!

Sandipan Bhattacharjee, MS, PhD

Board Member

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.

Keith R. Chamberlain, MBA, MA

Board Member

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Jacie Dunford

Board Member

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David Higgins, PhD

Board Member

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Andrea Lowe, MPH, CPH

Board Member

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Pauline Urbano Hechler, CFRE

Board Member

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.