Senior Leadership Team

John L. Lehr

President & Chief Executive Officer

John guides the overall Foundation’s strategy of mission programs and resources that make life better for people with Parkinson’s. He works to expand the Foundation’s reach, research initiatives and presence, while working to improve health equity among the Parkinson’s community and the underserved. He ensures that all Foundation programs and resources aim to improve care and advance research toward a cure.

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James Beck, PhD

Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer

Jim guides the Foundation’s research strategy and critical grants that support research centers, scientists and fellows. He helps ensures the brightest researchers enter and stay in the Parkinson’s field through critically needed Foundation grants. He believes we can make research more efficient and effective when people with Parkinson’s work alongside scientists as advocates.

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Yasnahia Cortorreal

Vice President & Chief Human Resources & Administration Officer

Yasnahia guides all Foundation employee functions in accordance with organization practices. She oversees strategic human resource planning, hiring and retaining employees, while directing administrative functions.

Curt De Greff

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Curt guides all financial aspects of the Foundation’s operations and information technology. He provides leadership and coordination in business planning, accounting, finance and budgeting functions.

Christiana Evers

Vice President, Chief Community Engagement Officer

Christiana guides the Foundation’s development and execution of community engagement activities, including grantmaking, national and community-based programs and public policy efforts, working to reach underserved communities. She identifies and responds to the needs of the Parkinson’s community as collaborators and partners.

Kayln Henkel

Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Kayln guides and oversees fundraising initiatives, operations and revenue growth that allow the Parkinson’s Foundation to make life better for people with Parkinson’s through essential programs and resources. She oversees national fundraising activities that engage the Parkinson’s community and raise awareness.

Leilani Pearl

Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer

Leilani guides the public relations and communications strategy of the Foundation, maximizing reach and Parkinson’s awareness on a national scale. She leads the Foundation’s branding efforts and marketing strategy to help the global Parkinson’s community.

Elizabeth “Eli” Pollard

Vice President & Chief Education and Training Officer

Eli guides the Foundation’s professional education and online programs. She leads the Foundation’s push to ensure that everyone has access to specialized Parkinson’s care. She does this by ensuring healthcare professionals have access to tailored educational courses from early on in their career.

Veronica “Ronnie” Todaro

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Ronnie guides the Foundation’s efforts to meet the needs and priorities of people living with Parkinson’s through organizational strategy, execution, and day-to-day operations. As a leader in patient engagement, she ensures that the insights of people living with Parkinson’s are present among industry, government, academia and nonprofit realms.

Sheera Rosenfeld

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Nicole Yarab

Vice President, Clinical Affairs and Information & Resources

Kelly Austin

Associate Vice President, Development

Adolfo Diaz

Associate Vice President, Information & Resources

Heather Moore, JD

Associate Vice President, Grantmaking Operations and Impact

Anna Naito, PhD

Associate Vice President, Research Programs


Kate Nelson

Associate Vice President, Individual Giving

Sara O’Hare

Associate Vice President, Development Operations

Karlin Schroeder, MA

Associate Vice President, Community Engagement

Cathy Whitlock, MS

Associate Vice President, Online Communications


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