Board of Directors

Howard D. Morgan
Chair, Board of Directors
Board Member Since 2004

Howard D. Morgan is Partner and Senior Managing Director of Argand Partners in New York, NY. Mr. Morgan previously served as Vice Chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors. He has been active in the private equity field for more than 30 years, previously serving as President of Castle Harlan for 20 years, as Executive Director of CHAMP Private Equity in Sydney, Australia, and as Partner at The Ropart Group. Mr. Morgan is CEO and a director of Industrea Acquisition Corp. and a current board member of Oase Living Water. He is a past board member of over 20 businesses in the US, Europe and Australia. Mr. Morgan also currently serves on the boards of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, the Alexander Hamilton Institute and the World Press Institute, and is Treasurer of the Friends of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Andrew B. Albert
Vice Chair, Board of Directors

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.

J. Gordon Beckham, Jr. 
Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Board Member Since 2010

Gordon Beckham is President and CEO of The McCamish Group, LLC, a family office based in Atlanta, GA, and President of The McCamish Foundation. Prior to leading the family office, he was President and CEO of Infosys McCamish Systems, LLC, a financial services outsourcing company. Mr. Beckham also serves on the Board of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a non-partisan research institute focused on public policy in the state of Georgia.

Jena E. Abernathy
Board Member Since 2018

Jena Abernathy is a consultant in Spencer Stuart’s Board and Healthcare Services practices. Prior to her career in executive search and consulting, she spent more than 25 years in senior-level executive management roles in distribution, manufacturing and healthcare services companies. She mentors women and minorities in executive and governing board roles and is a Parkinson's advocate. Her grandfather and husband's grandfather lived with Parkinson's. Jena previously served as senior partner and managing partner/chair of Board Services at Witt/Kieffer, and prior to that served as vice president for a publicly-traded financial institution. She also served on the Executive Operating Board at General Medical Corporation, held senior level positions at Fisher Scientific International and Premier, Inc. and on the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra board. Jena is a noted leadership expert, author and speaker.

Stephen Ackerman
Board Member Since 2003

Stephen Ackerman previously served as Executive Director and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in New York, NY specializing in fixed income, government and agency debt, portfolio management, municipal and corporate, high yield and emerging market debt. His career in financial services began in 1958 at the New York Stock Exchange, having 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.

Constance W. Atwell, Ph.D.
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 Foundation's 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.

Marcia Mondavi Borger
Board Member Since 2017

Marcia Mondavi Borger, the daughter of wine legend Robert Mondavi, grew up in Napa County and has been involved in the wine industry all her life. Crowning the Mondavi family's four generations in wine, she co-founded Continuum Estate with her father and brother, Tim, in 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Santa Clara and a member of numerous wine societies. She splits her time between Napa and New York City.

Marshall R. Burack, Esq.
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.

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

An expert in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, Dr. Alessandro Di Rocco joined Northwell Health as director of the movement disorders program. Dr. Di Rocco will also serve as professor of neurology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. Di Rocco was previously with the NYU Langone Medical Center, where he secured a $25 million grant to found the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson's and Movement Disorders. He also held several academic roles at NYU School of Medicine.

G. Pennington (Penn) Egbert III
Board Member Since 2009

Penn Egbert is a Managing Director, and Co-Director of Americas Equity Research at Goldman Sachs in New York. Penn and his sister, Melissa Egbert Sheehan, were instrumental in forming the Foundation's Young New Yorkers For the Fight Against Parkinson's committee. Each year the committee hosts Celebrate Spring New York, which raises funds for PF research programs. Mr. Egbert previously served as a Managing Director and Head of Global Markets Research, Americas for Nomura Securities International in New York and Head of US Equity Product Management at Barclays and Lehman Brothers in New York. Penn began his career at Paine Webber and UBS in New York.

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 the Foundation'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
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.

PaoloPaolo Fresco
Board Member Since 2020

Paolo Fresco previously served as the Chairman of Fiat from 1998 to 2003. He dedicated much of his esteemed career to General Electric (GE). In 1962, after practicing law in Rome, he began his GE career with an affiliate, working his way to GE Vice Chairman and Executive Officer. Prior to that, he worked at the GE Corporate Executive Office, managing all international activities. Mr. Fresco served as a member of the GE Board of Directors until his 2003 retirement. He is a Knight in the ‘Cavalieri del Lavoro,’ the Order of Merit for Labour, which is appointed by the President of the Italian Republic. Mr. Fresco has long been dedicated to philanthropic causes, holding numerous positions in Italy and the U.S. including: Chairman of The Paolo and Marlene Fresco Foundation, which manages grants, donations and scholarships to various universities; Chairman of the Fresco Parkinson Institute; Trustee of the NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC); Co-Chairman of the Marlene & Paolo Fresco NYU Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders at NYULMC; Chairman of Centro Ask (Art, Science & Knowledge) and more. Mr. Fresco earned his law degree at Genoa University. He enjoys figurative art and chess, and resides in Fiesole, Florence, Italy.

Peter Goldman
Board Member Since 2017

Goldman is managing partner of Lakeshore Sport & Fitness in Chicago, which owns and operates businesses in the Chicago area focused on hospitality, health and wellness. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Goldman worked for Sam Zell in real estate investing and McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. He has served on several non-profit boards including the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was a vice president and created a new annual signature fundraising event. 

Stephanie Goldman Rosen
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, the Foundation's annual gala, committee for several years. Along with two colleagues, she spearheaded the creation of the annual event, 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 Foundation's 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 the Foundation's Helping Hours. She was also recognized in 2016 for her commitment to the Jewish community at the Women's Division Spring Luncheon.

Ponder Harrison
Board Member Since 2019

Ponder Harrison is a private investor and serves as Senior Advisor to both Comvest Partners and Franklin Resources' Industrial Technology Fund. He enjoyed a 35-year career as a recognized Travel and Technology Industry entrepreneur having helped start several successful low-cost commercial airlines in the U.S. and Europe. Ponder co-founded Allegiant Travel Company in 2002, remaining active in the business through 2017. In 1999, Ponder co-founded Virtual Premise, Inc., a leading SaaS provider of commercial real estate information management solutions, where he served as Chairman and CEO until its acquisition by CoStar Group, Inc.

Alison P. Herman, Esq.
Board Member Since 2018

Alison Herman is Senior Counsel, Regulatory, Compliance and Government Affairs, a newly created department within Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits. Alison has an interest in Parkinson's as her ex-husband is living with the disease. She joined Southern Wine & Spirits in 2008 as General Counsel. Alison previously served as attorney at Breier Seif Herman & Silverman, P.A., for 14 years, specializing in corporate acquisitions, retirement plans, distribution agreements, private foundations, tax/estate planning and represented the principals at Southern Wine & Spirits. Alison received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

Travis Howe

Travis Scott Howe
Board Member Since 2020

Travis Scott Howe is the Senor Vice President, Head of Global Operations and Strategy at The Walt Disney Company where he oversees digital and operational strategy for Disney worldwide. Prior to that he worked in senior leadership positions at Vista Equity Partners and Sony. Travis’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s several years ago, driving Travis to make Parkinson’s philanthropy a priority. Travis serves on several nonprofit Boards including the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School and the Lighthouse Guild International. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received a BA in Business Administration and Finance and International Business. He splits his time between New York City and Palm Beach.

IsaksonJohnny Isakson
Board Member Since 2020

Johnny Isakson served as the former Georgia Senator from 2005 to 2019. He was also a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, from 1999 until 2005. He shared his Parkinson’s diagnosis publicly in 2015 and continued to serve his constituents, winning reelection in 2016. Mr. Isakson is revered among his congressional colleagues for his willingness to work across party lines to seek solutions. He was the only United States Senator to serve as chairman for two committees simultaneously – Veterans Affairs and Ethics. He additionally served on the HELP (Health, Education, Pension, and Labor) and Foreign Affairs committees. Mr. Isakson is the only Georgian to have served in the State House of Representatives, the State Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. Prior to his career in public service, he served as president of Northside Realty for 22 years and under his tenure the business became the biggest independent real estate company in the Southeastern U.S.

John W. Kozyak, Esq.
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 the Parkinson's Foundation 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.

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 Foundation's annual gala, Bal du Printemps, for several years. She and her husband, Jerome, received the Foundation's Page and William Black Humanitarian Award in 2013 in recognition of their ongoing commitment to Parkinson's research.

Mindy McIlroy
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 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.

James F. T. Monhart
Board Member since 2018

Jim Monhart is a Senior Vice President at The Northern Trust Company, a global financial services organization. He serves as a Senior Credit Officer, working to expand Northern’s relationships with the Wealth Management segment. Jim has had various leadership assignments during his 37-year career at Northern Trust, previously serving as the Chief Risk Officer for the Wealth Management and Fiduciary businesses. Over the years, Jim has been involved with the Board at the Parkinson’s Foundation, Youth Guidance, DePaul University and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Jim received a BA in Economics from Grinnell College and an MBA in Finance from Washington University. He and his wife, Charlotte, have three grown children and live in the Chicago area.

Jim MorganJames (Jim) E. Morgan, III
Board Member since 2020

Jim Morgan is a partner with Squire Patton Boggs, where his focus is project financing in renewable energy. Jim was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease in 2008. Soon after, he began serving in Parkinson’s Foundation roles, from Moving Day Miami Chairman to co-chair of the Volunteer Leadership Summit and Development Committee member. Jim works with numerous charitable organizations ― he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Branches, Inc, Board of Trustees Chairman on The Breakfast Club and co-chair on Missions. He has also volunteered with the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School Board and United Way of Miami-Dade County. For more than 30 years, he has been an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables. He was awarded the South Florida Business Journal’s Up & Comers Award, The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and Florida Super Lawyers. Jim was recognized as one of the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Twelve Good Men of 2019 and received the 2019 United Way of Miami-Dade County’s Dorothy Shula Award for Outstanding Volunteerism. Jim received his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.

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.

Roberto L. Palenzuela
Board Member Since 2018

Roberto Palenzuela is the senior founding partner and Chief Executive Officer of ClareMedica Health Partners, a health care organization that delivers high quality care to Medicare and Medicaid eligible beneficiaries in Florida. For more than 25 years, Mr. Palenzuela has provided legal insight and regulatory guidance to private and public companies in the health care industry, previously serving as Chief Operating Officer to Access Medical Acquisition, Inc. and on the founding Board of Directors of CareCloud Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Christopher Columbus High School and is a member of the University of Miami Citizens Board. Mr. Palenzuela was admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Tax Court and is barred in the District of Columbia and Florida.

Joshua Raskin
Board Member Since 2017

For the past 18 years, Raskin has served as managing director at Barclay's Capital, where he coordinates coverage of the healthcare services sector in the equity research department. Prior to this, he was a managing director at Lehman Brothers for nine years. In 2017, Raskin formed Nephron Research, an independent research boutique focused on healthcare. He has a personal connection to Parkinson's in his immediate family. 

John D. Thomopoulos
Board Member Since 2018

John Thomopoulos is a partner in financial services to Ernst & Young's (EY) billionaire international clients with U.S. tax exposure. Since 1991, John has served as an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business. John also serves as Assistant Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America (Greater New York Councils) and as Chairman of Theatre Forward, a non-profit organization in New York City that advances American theatre and its communities. John earned his MBA in Taxation and a BA in Accounting and International Business from the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also studied International Studies and Japanese Business Practices at Sanno University in Tokyo, Japan. John has a strong interest in Parkinson's disease as his father had Parkinson's.

Christina Weaver Jackson

Christina Weaver Jackson
Board Member Since 2020

Christina Weaver Jackson is the AR/VR (augmented reality and virtual reality) Policy Manager at Facebook, where she oversees government relations related to augmented and virtual reality. Prior to that she worked as a Director of the Raben Group, a public policy group based in Washington, DC.  She served as a Legislative Counsel for Congresswoman Shirley Jackson-Lee and as an attorney at the Department of the Treasury. Christina is the only child of a former Boeing executive who is living with Parkinson’s. Christina attended Howard University where she received a BA in Business Administration and Boston College Law School where she received her J.D. Christina and her husband, former NFL linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, have a son named King and live in Washington, DC.

Officers of the Corporation

John L. Lehr, President & Chief Executive Officer
Connie Atwell, Ph.D. Secretary
Curt De Greff, Assistant Secretary
Paul Nathan, Treasurer
Stephen Ackerman, Assistant Treasurer

Emeritus Board

E. Richard Alhadeff, Esq.
Daniel Arty
A. Jeffrey Barash, Esq.
Karen Elizabeth Burke, M.D., Ph.D.

Carmen Y. Cartaya, Esq.
Bernard J. Fogel, M.D.
Isobel Robins Konecky
Robert M. Melzer

Paul F. Oreffice
Jo Ann Pepper Oreffice
Enrique J. Sosa, Ph.D.
Alan M. Slewett
Senator Paul B. Steinberg

 

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