The true power of the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) comes through its nationwide grassroots network of thousands of advocates who ensure the voice of the Parkinson’s disease community is heard loud and clear on issues that affect them. Integral to PAN’s structure is our newly formed Grassroots Advisory Board, a group of 10 grassroots leaders who participate in various aspects of PAN’s decision making and provide critical feedback about the evolving needs of the Parkinson’s community.
Kimerly Coshow, Ph.D. – Georgia State Director – Kimerly Coshow has been involved with PAN for the last 11 years, beginning shortly after she was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in January 2002 at the age of 36. She is heavily involved in her local Parkinson’s community, and delivering medications to patients who cannot drive or taking them to doctor’s appointments. She speaks at local events for Traumatic Brain Injuries and Persons with Disabilities. Dr. Coshow has previously served on the National Parkinson Foundation’s Young-Onset Parkinson’s Network (NPF-YOPN) as a Leadership/Advisory Board Member, and received the NPF-YOPN Leadership Award in 2004. She lives in Blue Ridge, Georgia and was previously a State Director in Florida.
Sue Dubman – Massachusetts Assistant State Director – Sue Dubman brings more than 20 years of experience in the scientific community to PAN. She is considered a thought leader in bioinformatics and has earned many rewards for innovation. Sue has become active in advocacy after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Currently senior director, Sanofi R&D, Sue is spearheading global implementation of data standards, governance and semantic services. Prior to Sanofi, Sue served as director, NCI Informatics Initiatives, and VP and CIO at two biopharma companies. Sue did her graduate work at Brown University and her undergraduate work at University of Missouri.
Michael Greenbaum – Arizona State Director – Michael Greenbaum has been involved with PAN since his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease in February 2009. Michael wrote a major opinion piece for Tucson’s major newspaper, The Arizona Daily Star, suggesting an action plan for the greater community in the face of sequestration. He lives with his wife, Karen, in Tucson.
Roger Halleen – Illinois State Director – Roger Halleen has been involved with PAN since 2010 and was the recipient of the 2012 Murray Charters Award for Outstanding Service to the Parkinson’s Community. He helps lead the Central Illinois Parkinson’s Support Group, the Parkinson’s Support Group of the Heartland, and the Don Bohlander Parkinson’s Disease Fundraces. Mr. Halleen lives in East Peoria with his wife, Barbara.
Sarah King – State Director – Southern California – Sarah King began working with PAN in November 2011, after losing her mom to Parkinson’s. She brings a wealth of nonprofit management experience to her advocacy work and also serves on the Board of the Parkinson’s Association of Los Angeles. She lives in Pasadena with her husband and daughter.
Michelle Lane – Louisiana State Director – Michelle Lane has been actively involved with PAN since 2002. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in June 2000 at the age of 32. Ms. Lane was the recipient of the 2004 Louis Fishman Advocacy Award and the 2011 Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy. She lives in Harahan with her husband, Ronnie, and their three children.
Sue Laux – Tennessee State Director – Sue Laux was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the young age of 37. She has been involved with PAN since 1997. She is a Research Advocate with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, and actively participates in clinical trials. When her husband, Phil, retired they relocated to Greeneville.
Adrienne O’Neill – South Carolina State Director – Adrienne O’Neill has been involved with PAN since 2010. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009 and became involved with PAN the following year as a Congressional Coordinator. She is now State Director. She leads the Hilton Head Island, SC Support Group and formed the Beaufort County Coalition of PD Support Groups. Her previous volunteer work with the New England Organ Bank, National Kidney Foundation, the U.S. Transplant games, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation have given her insight and experience in non-profit operations. Policy development, leadership recruitment, team building, and fundraising were key ingredients of her work as a local church Pastor.
Laurie Sanders, Ph.D. – Pennsylvania Assistant State Director – Laurie Sanders is a Parkinson’s disease researcher at the University of Pittsburgh who regularly encourages other researchers to make advocacy an integral component of their work. Dr. Sanders was a recipient of the 2012 Parkinson’s Action Network Postdoctoral Advocacy Prize. She lives in Pittsburgh.