Ted Thompson, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Ted Thompson, J.D., is the chief executive officer for the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit focused on federal policy issues affecting people with Parkinson’s disease. Ted has more than 20 years of experience in public policy and government affairs, serving in several nonprofit leadership positions and as staff to two Members of Congress. He currently serves as an advisory board member for the Alliance for Connected Care and a board member for the American Brain Coalition. Prior to PAN, Ted was the vice president of federal government relations at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Ted holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Read more.
Hayley runs PAN’s national grassroots advocacy program, made up of more than 150 volunteer grassroots leaders and thousands of advocates from across the country. In addition, she plans and organizes PAN’s annual conference, the Forum. Hayley joined PAN in 2006 as a program assistant. In 2008, she became the director of outreach, managing PAN’s grassroots advocacy program and the annual Public Policy Forum. She was promoted to her current position in 2012. Prior to joining PAN, she worked at the Campagna Center, a nonprofit organization serving the children and families of Alexandria, Virginia. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech.
IT & Web Senior Manager
Emilio manages the day-to-day functioning of PAN’s information technology. His duties include design and deployment of web content and other digital communication, as well as hardware and software maintenance. Emilio is a graduate from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he earned a philosophy degree and a minor in computer science.
Kristina Gawrgy Campbell
Director of Communications
Kristina manages communications for PAN and works closely with the grassroots leaders and Parkinson’s community to help them with their communications needs. Kristina joined PAN in June 2013. Most recently, she was the communications and social media manager at Independent Sector, a national coalition of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs. Kristina has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and is working toward a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University.
Michelle assists the PAN CEO and oversees the accounting, administrative, and human resource functions. Michelle comes to PAN with 20 years of administrative experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science. Knowing from personal experience the effects of Parkinson’s disease, Michelle was drawn to PAN’s mission and hard work in support of the Parkinson’s community.
Jennifer Sheridan Palute, MPP
Director of Policy
Jennifer is responsible for developing and advancing policy issues important to the Parkinson’s community and oversees PAN’s government relations team. Jennifer joined PAN in July 2012 as the director of policy development. Most recently, she was the associate director, federal affairs at the Alzheimer’s Association, where she represented the federal policy priorities of the organization before Congress, federal agencies, and community stakeholders. Previously, Jennifer worked at PAN for four years as the senior government relations manager. Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree in political science from James Madison University and a master’s of public policy degree from George Mason University. She is excited to be working with the Parkinson’s community!
Senior Government Relations Manager
Jamie manages policy related issues for the Government Relations team, working closely with Congressional staff, federal agencies, and other government leaders to advance the policy priorities of the Parkinson’s community. Jamie joined PAN in May 2013 as the senior manager of government relations. Previously, he was the associate director of government relations for Independent Sector, where he represented the federal tax, budget, and health care priorities of the broader nonprofit community. Jamie received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Clemson University and is currently pursuing a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is excited and honored to work with the Parkinson’s community.
Director of Development
Christopher comes to PAN with more than 25 years of experience in development and fundraising, particularly for health-related causes. He has a successful background in revenue generation, donor relations, and stewardship. In addition, Christopher has trained many Board and Chapter members on all aspects of development including direct mail, foundation/corporate outreach, individual donors (including major, monthly, and planned givers), and special events. Having a personal connection to the disease, Christopher is proud to be part of PAN and the fight against Parkinson’s.
Cheyenne joined PAN in 2013 as an administrative assistant. She became the grassroots program assistant in 2014 and then grassroots manager in 2015, providing support to the advocacy program and the PAN Forum. Cheyenne is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is honored to be working with the Parkinson’s Action Network and Parkinson’s community.
Henry manages fundraising initiatives and database administration. Before joining PAN in January 2015, he spent over 10 years working in various development roles at nonprofit organizations, most recently at the Melanoma Research Alliance. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hendrix College. Henry is excited to help PAN reach its goals and to work with the Parkinson’s community.