Great Lakes Chapter

Serving OH, MI and Western PA

Set this as my local chapter

Parkinson’s Foundation Great Lakes makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by improving care and advancing research towards a cure. Whether you are newly diagnosed with PD or have been managing it for years, are a care partner, family member or friend of someone with PD, we are here to help you.

Two people hugging at a Moving Day walk
Parkinson's Foundation booth at Moving Day

About Us

We are leaders in ensuring expert Parkinson’s care, educating and empowering the Parkinson’s community and driving the understanding of Parkinson’s through research. As a national organization with local presence and impact, we bring help and hope to the estimated one million people in the U.S., 10 million worldwide, who are living with Parkinson’s.

Our Impact

Your support of the Parkinson’s Foundation Great Lakes Chapter makes a big impact on the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) right here in your community, as well as across the country and around the world!

Read more about our impact in the Great Lakes Chapter

Thanks to supporters like you, we are able to provide free resources and advance research toward a cure.

Resources

Find Expert Care

Access to care professionals, medications and services

Parkinson’s Foundation Global Care Network creates more opportunities for people with PD to access high-quality care.

Find Expert Care


Aware in Care Kit

Advocate for your best care

The Aware in Care Hospital Kit gives people with PD tools and information to share with hospital staff during a planned or emergency hospital visit.

Order a Kit


Helpline

The Helpline answers more than 20,000 calls a year

Call our Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) to find your nearest PD specialist or local resources and get answers to your PD and caregiving questions.

Contact the Helpline


PD Library

We are your trusted ally for information at every stage

We offer resources including videos, podcasts, webinars and other opportunities to learn about the many aspects of living well with PD.

Search the Library

Our Coverage

The Great Lakes Chapter provides education, resources and programs throughout Ohio, Michigan and Western Pennsylvania.

Our coverage of Western Pennsylvania includes the following counties:

Allegheny

Cameron

Forest

Mercer

Armstrong

Clarion

Greene

Somerset

Beaver

Clearfield

Indiana

Venango

Bedford

Crawford

Jefferson

Warren

Blair

Elk

Lawrence

Washington

Butler

Erie

McKean

Westmoreland

Cambria

Fayette

 

 

For information on Eastern Pennsylvania resources, please visit our Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

Community Grants

The Parkinson’s Foundation Community Grants program supports programs that further the health, wellness and education of the Parkinson’s community. We help people with Parkinson’s live better lives, today.

In the 2021 grant cycle, we awarded nine local grants to community programs. These Community Grants are made possible through the support of donors.

Learn more about the Parkinson’s Foundation Community Grants program, including application information, deadlines and more.

Contact Us

440-568-0093
GreatLakes@Parkinson.org

Parkinson’s Foundation
ATTN: Great Lakes
200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800
Miami, FL 33131

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Board of Advisors

Tom Graffeo

Tom Graffeo – President

Tom started his Parkinson’s volunteer journey in 2005 when his partner was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. He started volunteering and eventually became part of the Central Ohio Parkinson’s Society Board. Years later, this board would unify to become a part of the newly founded Parkinson’s Foundation. Currently Tom sits as the residing President of the Great Lakes Chapter and helps support the three chapter Moving Days.

When Tom is not volunteering, you will find him fulfilling his role as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sonesta Columbus Downtown or enjoying time with his two grandsons.


Dan DeWitt

Dan DeWitt – Chair, Board Development

Dan has mostly retired from his career as a licensed psychologist. His wife, Ginny, recently joined him in retirement, allowing them to spend more time focusing on their health, their kids and grandkids, volunteer activities, and travel adventures.

When Dan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011, he sought to learn about his newly acquired condition and looked for opportunities to help himself and others with the disease to maintain a high quality of life. H began a support group, Team Spark. He became involved with the Parkinson Foundation as a Research Associate and as a member of their patient Advisory Committee.


Breck Jordan

Breck Jordan – Chair, Mission Development

Breck Jordan has been volunteering with the Parkinson's Foundation for over a decade. After her father, Ronnie, was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2011, Breck found great comfort and fulfillment in becoming involved in fundraising and education with the Foundation. She has been an Aware in Care ambassador since 2020. She has been the chairperson of Moving Day Dayton since 2019. In her leisure time, you can find her cooking, gardening and spending time with family & friends (including her two cats, Boris and Leroy).


Staci Headings

Staci Headings – Chair, Fund Development

Staci has worked in hospitality sales most of her career and made a change to Senior Living during the pandemic. It is a perfect fit for her as it makes it possible to help people every day which she greatly enjoys. That is one of the many reasons she got involved with the Parkinson’s Foundation. She has a grown son that is currently serving in the army in Georgia. She lives with her partner in northeast Columbus. In her spare time, she loves working in her flower beds, taking walks with friends and binge watching the latest “who-dunnit” documentary.


Reversa Joseph

Dr. Reversa Joseph, MD – Advisory Board Member

Dr. Reversa Joseph is a Board-Certified Neurologist specializing in Movement Disorders. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Columbia University, Medical Degree at Georgetown University and completed her Neurology Residency training at Yale University. She pursued fellowship training in Movement Disorders with focus in Deep Brain Stimulation at Georgetown University. Dr. Joseph has also completed a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at the National Institutes of Health. She serves as the Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA and as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.


Pam Dirk

Pam Dirk – Advisory Board Member

Pam started her Parkinson’s journey when her cousin was diagnosed with early onset. Her family traveled to Columbus Moving Days in support and learned about the disease. Pam was on the committee to bring Moving Day to Cleveland and has helped to run the Kid’s Zone ever since. Awareness, support and genetic testing are important to her especially because another cousin and an uncle have been diagnosed.

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