Georgia Chapter

Serving GA

Set this as my local chapter

Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia 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.

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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 Georgia 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 chapter's impact

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


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

Hospital Safety Guide

Advocate for your best care

The Hospital Safety Guide contains useful tools and information to help a person with Parkinson’s during their next planned or unplanned hospital visit.

Download or order a Kit


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

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 four 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


Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia
P.O. Box 191781
Brookhaven, GA 31119

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Chapter Board

Our Chapter Board ensures our impact is community based and community lead.

Board Members:

Marie Head, Board President

Dr. Jack Shen, Healthcare Partner Advisory Chair

Daniel Monahan, Fund Development Chair

Susan Brown, Fund Development Committee Member

Ali Eckerle, Fund Development Committee Member

Alex Kennelly, Fund Development Committee Member

Kevin Hatcher, Fund Development Committee Member

Darrell Allers, Mission and Outreach Chair

Ellen Salowitz, Mission and Outreach Committee Member

Jessi Fields, Mission and Outreach Committee Member

Cindy Gibbs, Mission and Outreach Committee Member

Valeria Gary, Mission and Outreach Committee Member

Kelley Napier, Mission and Outreach Committee Member

Monica Hardgrave, Mission and Outreach Committee Member


Marie Head

Marie Head, Board President

As a former housing finance professional, Marie has a long career helping others in need. She is passionate about raising funds to help with Parkinson’s disease (PD) care, as well as working to improve the quality of care and access to much needed resources within the state of Georgia. As a care partner for her husband who was diagnosed with PD in 2011, she is committed to helping others who battle Parkinson’s and their care partners to live better lives. Marie and Don have been involved with the Parkinson’s Foundation since 2013 and Marie has previously served on People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council.

Darrell Allers

Darrell Allers, Mission Development Chair

Darrell is the current Chair of the Georgia Chapter Mission & Outreach Committee, and is using his project management and information technology background to help plan, track, execute and complete chapter activities. Darrell has been living with Parkinson's disease (PD) for 30 years and is using his time in retirement to give back and is presenting information about PD in the community to raise awareness. He is also getting involved in research projects to help researchers find answers.

Kelly Napier

Kelley Napier, Board Development Chair

Kelley Napier is a partner at Georgia Estate & Elder Law in Atlanta. Kelley holds the Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) designation from the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in elder law. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, where she currently serves as the President of the Georgia Chapter. Many of her clients live with Parkinson's. She is passionate about educating people about resources and estate planning.

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Daniel Monahan, Fund Development Chair

Daniel Monahan is a partner at Robbins Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC. He became involved with the Parkinson's Foundation, Georgia Chapter because his father was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2017. The disease has had a huge impact on his family and their quality of life. After participating in Moving Day Atlanta and donating locally to the organization, Dan was ready to take the next step in supporting the Foundation's mission of making life better for people with Parkinson's and their care partners. Dan's goal this year is to raise as much money as possible and help develop our book of corporate donors and sponsors in Georgia.

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Dr. Jack Shen, Healthcare Partner Advisory Chair

Dr. Shen is a board-certified, fellowship-trained movement disorders neurologist with Wellstar Health System, where he serves as Medical Director of Movement Disorders. He attended the Wake Forest University School of Medicine before completing his neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

cynthia gibbs

Cynthia Gibbs, Georgia Chapter Board Member

"My mother and grandmother had Parkinson's disease (PD). I saw firsthand how the disease's progress is unique to each individual. There are so many wonderful strides in the research, but there are still many people living with PD today. The information and support that the Parkinson's Foundation provides can make life easier for them. I want to help provide the resources for these people."

jessi fields

Jessi Fields, Georgia Chapter Board Member

Jessi Serves as the Manager of Growth and Engagement for the Fitness Centers within Wellstar Health System. Jessi has worked within the Metro-Atlanta area serving many community members diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease from her time as an Exercise Physiologist with Fox Rehabilitation (even doing Moving Day Atlanta Tai-Chi demos!) and is now able to expand in her passion for serving the Parkinson’s community in her role with Wellstar. Jessi has many ties with the Parkinson’s community through the Rock Steady Boxing program offered at Wellstar Health Place, a medically integrated fitness facility located in Marietta, GA. In her time at Wellstar, she has had the opportunity to work more closely with the Parkinson’s Foundation as a board member and promotor for all the incredible resources the Parkinson’s Foundation has to offer.

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