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Parkinson's Foundation Board

John L. Lehr
Chief Executive Officer, Parkinson's Foundation

John L. Lehr brings to the Parkinson's Foundation more than two decades of nonprofit fundraising and management experience, with a strong focus in the voluntary healthcare and medical research sectors.  Before joining the Parkinson's Foundation, John served as President of Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI), a consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City serving the nonprofit sector. At OAI, John was responsible for daily operations of the firm, as well as management of leading clients including Georgetown University, MedStar Health, and Special Olympics.

Prior to OAI, John served as Chief Executive Officer of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) where he merged two legacy organizations into one national organization focused on finding medical solutions for and educating the public on food allergy. While at FARE, revenue increased by more than 20 percent in the first year post merger. In addition, John led a strategic planning initiative to develop a comprehensive plan for drug discovery and development for food allergy over the next decade.  He also led advocacy efforts that resulted in the signing of the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act by President Obama in November 2013.

Prior to his tenure at FARE, John served as Chief Executive Officer of CureSearch for Children's Cancer, a national research and advocacy organization. CureSearch's fundraising efforts doubled during his tenure, providing increased support for cancer drug trials at more than 200 pediatric medical centers in the United States and Canada. 

From 2004 to 2009, John directed the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation's Milestones to a Cure Campaign that raised $175 million in support of CF drug discovery and development.  The CF Foundation's venture philanthropy model and John's role in leading the campaign were highlighted in a series of Harvard Business School Case Studies. Earlier in his career, John spent many years at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in various fundraising roles.

John attended Villanova University where he earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History.  From 1990-1991, John served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sri Lanka where he led rural business development efforts and taught English.

Officers

John W. Kozyak, Esq.
Chair, Board of Directors
Chair, Executive Committee
Board Member Since 2008

John Kozyak is a founding partner of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, a commercial litigation and bankruptcy law firm in Miami, FL. Mr. Kozyak is a passionate advocate for better care and support services for families affected by Parkinson's disease. Both of his parents were diagnosed with Parkinson's, making him personally invested in NPF's historic commitment that all people with Parkinson's deserve access to expert care and information. He established the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation to fulfill his lifelong commitment to minorities and the underserved. In 2014, Mr. Kozyak received the Justice Thurgood Marshall Award for Civil Rights from The Dade County Bar Association and Dade Legal Aid.

Howard D. Morgan
Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Member, Executive Committee
Member, Nominating and Governance Committee
Board Member Since 2002

Howard Morgan is Partner and Senior Managing Director of Argand Partners in New York, NY. Mr. Morgan previously served as Chair of the PDF Board of Directors. He has been active in the private equity field for more than 25 years, previously serving as President of Castle Harlan for 20 years, as Partner at The Ropart Group and as Executive Director of CHAMP Private Equity in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Morgan is a former Director and Vice President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association and currently serves on the board of the Harvard Business School Club of New York. He also serves on the boards of the Alexander Hamilton Institute and the World Press Institute, and is Treasurer of the Friends of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Gregory Romero
Secretary
Member, Audit Committee
Board Member Since 2013

Gregory Romero is Vice President of KE Tube, Inc., in Gardner, MA. Mr. Romero has been an instrumental part of the PDF Young New Yorkers For the Fight Against Parkinson's committee, a group of 100 New Yorkers dedicated to ending Parkinson's. Each year, he serves as Co-Chair for the committee's event, Celebrate Spring New York, which raises funds for PDF research programs. Previously, Mr. Romero spent more than a decade at Morgan Stanley in product development, internal consulting and risk management roles.

Marshall R. Burack, Esq.
Assistant Secretary
Chair, Audit Committee
Member, Investment Committee
Board Member Since 2001

Marshall Burack joined the law firm of Kopelowitz Ostrow in Coral Gables, FL, in February 2015. Previously, Mr. Burack practiced law at Akerman LLP, specializing in representing physicians and physician groups, diagnostic imaging centers, ambulatory surgery centers and other participants in the healthcare industry. In 2013, he was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for health care law.

Alberto Dosal
Treasurer
Member, Executive Committee
Chair, Finance Committee
Board Member Since 2014

Alberto Dosal is Chairman and CEO of Dosal Capital and its operating companies. Mr. Dosal is also Chairman of Compuquip Technologies, one of the oldest and largest family-owned and -operated IT businesses in South Florida. He founded the company in 1980 to provide technology equipment leasing services to local financial services firms and has since expanded the firm. Mr. Dosal also serves as Chairman of two companies that originated through his foresight and inspiration: Blue Wave Communications, a voice- and data-cabling company, and BrightGauge Software, a web-based platform serving managed IT services providers. He leverages his professional experience to serve as Chair on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – Miami Branch. Active in his community, Mr. Dosal was the 2013-2014 Chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Stephen Ackerman
Assistant Treasurer
Member, Executive Committee
Member, Finance Committee
Chair, Investment Committee
Board Member Since 2003

Stephen Ackerman is Executive Director and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in New York, NY. Mr. Ackerman previously served as Treasurer of PDF. His career in financial services began in 1958 at the New York Stock Exchange. He has since transitioned to investment advising, concentrating on fixed income for high-net-worth individuals, institutions and foundations. He previously co-founded his own municipal bond firm and spent several years at Bear Stearns as Senior Managing Director, where he was instrumental in building a presence in municipals within the Private Client Services Group. Since 2008, he has worked at Morgan Stanley, specializing in fixed income, government and agency debt, portfolio management, municipal and corporate, high yield and emerging market debt.

Members

Andrew B. Albert
Member, Executive Committee
Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee
Board Member Since 2010

Andrew Albert is Managing Director and Operating Partner of Svoboda Capital Partners, LLC, in Chicago, IL. Mr. Albert serves on the boards of Border Construction Specialties, Parts Now, Databank, Forsythe Technologies, Lawson Products and Transco, Inc. He also serves on the University of Wisconsin School of Business Dean's Advisory Board, the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and the Northwestern University Parkinson's Disease Advisory Board.

Constance W. Atwell, Ph.D.
Member, Executive Committee
Member, Nominating and Governance Committee
Interim Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee
Board Member Since 2003

Dr. Constance Atwell is the former Director of the Division of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS), where she was responsible for disbursing more than $1 billion annually for grants supporting brain research. Dr. Atwell previously served as Vice Chair of the PDF Board of Directors. During her career, she received many honors for her meritorious work, including the NIH Director's Award and the NINDS Leadership Award.

J. Gordon Beckham, Jr.
Board Member Since 2010

Gordon Beckham is President and CEO of InfoSys McCamish Systems, LLC, a financial services outsourcing company based in Atlanta, GA. Prior to joining McCamish, Mr. Beckham was an international trade finance officer at the C&S National Bank of Atlanta, GA. He enjoys serving on the board of Coach's Corner and is President of the HFM Foundation, Inc., formerly known as The McCamish Foundation, Inc.

Paul R. Blom
Board Member Since 2014

Paul R. Blom is an ex officio member of the Board and the Interim CEO of NPF. Mr. Blom served as the Chair of the NPF Minnesota Board of Directors for 10 years and served as Chair of NPF's Chapter Advisory Council, working to strengthen the NPF Chapter network. An advocate for the Parkinson's community, he served as a member of the Community Advisory Board for Struthers Parkinson's Center, an NPF Center of Excellence. He and his husband, Bob White, are the owners of the Right at Home franchise. Mr. Bloom also serves on the boards of Avenues for Homeless Youth, the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus and as Treasurer of the Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association.

Karen Elizabeth Burke, M.D., Ph.D.
Board Member Since 1998

Dr. Karen Burke is a dermatologist and research scientist in the Department of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Cabrini Medical Center in New York, NY. Dr. Burke has been Co-Chair of the PDF annual gala, Bal du Printemps, for several years. As an authority in cosmetic dermatology, she manages a private practice in New York specializing in the prevention and treatment of skin cancer and the reversal of aging. She has consulted for pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, and has formulated her own line of skin care products. Dr. Burke has authored four popular health books and numerous research articles and medical textbook chapters. She serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Academy of Sciences, the New York Stem Cell Foundation, the Women's Dermatologic Society and Poly Prep Country Day School. She is Founder and President of the Karen E. Burke Research Foundation and Longévité, Ltd.

Alessandro Di Rocco, M.D.
Board Member Since 2014

Dr. Alessandro Di Rocco is Executive Director of The Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson's and Movement Disorders, Director of the Division of Movement Disorders and Founders Professor of Neurology at the NYU School of Medicine in New York, NY. Dr. Di Rocco's primary academic focus is in developing more effective pharmacological interventions and novel treatments for Parkinson's disease and related disorders to improve survival and quality of life. He is especially interested in understanding the reorganization of brain circuitry and plasticity in Parkinson's disease.

G. Pennington (Penn) Egbert III
Member, Executive Committee
Chair, Development Committee
Board Member Since 2009

Penn Egbert is Managing Director, Head of Global Markets Research Americas at Nomura Securities International in New York, NY. Mr. Egbert and his sister, Melissa Egbert Sheehan, were instrumental in forming PDF's Young New Yorkers For the Fight Against Parkinson's committee. Each year the committee hosts Celebrate Spring New York, which raises funds for PDF research programs. Mr. Egbert previously served as Director and Head of US Equity Product Management at Barclays Capital and as Vice President at Lehman Brothers, Mr. Egbert is the former Chairman of the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic Committee and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Union Club of New York City and Chairman of its Younger Members Committee.

Stanley Fahn, M.D.
Board Member Since 1979

Dr. Stanley Fahn is the H. Houston Merritt Professor of Neurology, as well as founder and Emeritus Director of the Center for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York, NY.  Dr. Fahn previously served as PDF's Scientific Director. In this role, he helped guide $5 million in annual grants to promising Parkinson's investigators around the world. As a leading authority on Parkinson's, he organized and modified the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale and the Schwab England ADL score, which are used worldwide to determine Parkinson's severity and measure quality of life. He co-founded the Parkinson Study Group that is dedicated to clinical research. He also founded the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, and founded and served as President of the World Parkinson Coalition. He co-chaired the first three World Parkinson Congresses. In 2006, he was honored with the Page and William Black Humanitarian Award for his ongoing commitment to Parkinson's research.

Richard D. Field
Member, Finance Committee
Board Member Since 2013

Richard Field is Co-founder of Lending Tree, LLC. A private investor, Mr. Field currently heads his own company, Richard D. Field Associates. In his more than 35 years in the financial services industry, he has held senior positions at The Bank of New York/Mellon, J.P. Morgan Chase and Citigroup. He was previously President of MasterCard's US Board of Directors, Director of Providian, Inc., and Non-Executive Chairman of Electronic Clearing House. He currently consults with multiple smaller-sized companies and not for profit organizations.

Guido Goldman, Ph.D.
Member, Development Committee
Board Member Since 2015

Dr. Guido Goldman has been Director of the Program for the Study of Germany at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies of Harvard University since 1989. Previously, Dr. Goldman served as Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He is Chairman of the Board and President of First Spring Corporation and serves as a Member of American Advisory Board at Christie's International SA. Previously, he founded and co-chaired the German Marshall Fund of the US, served as Chairman of the American Foundation for Textile Art, Inc., Vice Chairman of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and as board member of the American Council on Germany. In 2003, The Dr. Guido Goldman Fellowship for the Study of German and European Economic and International Affairs, sponsored by the American Council on Germany, was established to honor Dr. Goldman's work in political science and his study of economics and foreign relations.

Stephanie Goldman
Member, Development Committee
Board Member Since 2010

Stephanie Goldman is the incoming President of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. Ms. Goldman has actively served on the Bal du Printemps, PDF's annual gala, committee for several years. Along with two colleagues, she spearheaded the creation of the annual event, PDF Helping Hours: Harvest Bistro Event Series. She previously served as President of the Women's Division of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, where she was awarded the Rising Star Award in 2005. Ms. Goldman is a member of the Board of Directors at Lighthouse International and is a Berrie Fellow and recipient of the 2006 Russell Berrie Young Leadership Award. She is a two-time recipient of the PDF Page and William Black Humanitarian Award, having received the award in 2007 with her family, for their commitment to Parkinson's research and in 2016, with her fellow Co-Chairs of PDF Helping Hours. She was also recognized in 2016 for her commitment to the Jewish community at the Women's Division Spring Luncheon.

Arlene Levine
Board Member since 2004

Arlene Levine is the former Chair of the Fund for Women and Girls Philanthropic Breakfast of the New York Community Trust of Westchester County. Ms. Levine has been Co-Chair of the PDF annual gala, Bal du Printemps, for several years. She and her husband, Jerome, received the PDF Page and William Black Humanitarian Award in 2013 in recognition of their ongoing commitment to Parkinson's research.

Mindy McIlroy
Member, Development Committee
Board Member Since 2014

Mindy McIlroy has worked for the Terranova Corporation, a leading commercial real estate firm in South Florida, for more than 17 years. As Executive Vice President, Ms. McIlroy oversees the leasing, marketing and new business development efforts for the company's retail portfolio, valued at more than $1 billion. Her expertise includes the leasing of urban street retail, mixed-use projects and traditional suburban shopping centers. She is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, an executive board member of the Coral Gables business improvement district and a founding member of the Lincoln Road Property Owners Association. Ms. McIlroy is an entrenched Miami resident and an integral part of Terranova's growth and success as one of South Florida's leading commercial real estate firms.

Robert M. Melzer
Member, Executive Committee
Member, Finance Committee
Member, Nominating and Governance Committee
Board Member Since 2014

Robert Melzer has had a long career in real estate investing, including serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Property Capital Trust in Boston, MA. Mr. Melzer was formerly Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he also served as interim CEO. He has held numerous directorships in business and philanthropic ventures.

Gail Milhous
Board Member Since 2010

Gail Milhous is a private philanthropist and community activist. Mrs. Milhous and her husband, Robert, co-owned the Milhous Museum of Collectibles, a private museum in Boca Raton, FL, which they sold in 2012.

Paul H. Nathan
Board Member Since 2017

Paul H. Nathan is the Director of JTC (Cayman) Ltd., formerly the Julius Baer Bank and Trust (Cayman) Ltd. He is also the President and owner of Ledex Consulting Corporation. Born and raised in Argentina, Mr. Nathan now lives in California, where he is President and CFO of his family foundation, The Atmos Foundation. Mr. Nathan is also a board member and President Elect of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association, board member of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, and board member of the Financial Economics Institute.

Daniel Novak, Ph.D.
Chair, People's with Parkinson's Advisory Council (PPAC)

Dr. Daniel Novak is Department Chair of Online Business Administration and Assistant Professor of Leadership at South University in Savannah, GA. He also serves as a leadership consultant and executive coach for nonprofit organizations. Before his time in academia, he spent more than 30 years in various executive roles at IBM. In 2008, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's and actively participates in Parkinson's support groups and Punching Out Parkinson's, a PD-tailored exercise program.

Timothy A. Pedley, M.D.
Board Member Since 2000

Dr. Timothy Pedley is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the attending neurologist at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY. Throughout his career, Dr. Pedley has made vital contributions to the field of neurology for Parkinson's and epilepsy. At Columbia University's Neurological Institute, he established the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, one of the first in New York to be accredited by the Department of Health. He previously served as President of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, the American Epilepsy Society and the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Among his many honors, in 2006 he received the William G. Lennox Award of the American Epilepsy Society for his lifetime achievements.

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