Southwest Chapter

Serving AZ, NM, NV

Set this as my local chapter

Parkinson’s Foundation Southwest 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 Southwest 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 2023 grant cycle, we awarded two 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
ATTN: Southwest
200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800
Miami, FL 33131

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

Michael Meyers

Michael Meyers – Board President
Retired MetLife Executive

Michael Meyers was in the financial services industry. He worked with MetLife for almost 30 years. After receiving his MBA, Mr. Meyers embarked on a path of management, where he recruited new agents, was responsible for their training, and put on seminars across the country in financial planning, estate planning and charitable giving.

About four and a half years ago, Mr. Meyers was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He got involved with the Parkinson’s Foundation and became a Certified Coach with Rock Steady Boxing. Both organizations changed his life.


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Julio Gonzalez Jr. – Chair Board Development
Retired Global Real Estate Executive, JP Morgan Chase

Julio Gonzalez worked at J.P. Morgan Chase for 40 years.  He held strategic planning and project management managerial positions in Branch Banking, Retail Banking Systems and Global Real Estate organizations. Mr. Gonzalez received a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Baruch College, City University of New York. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Mr. Gonzalez was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2017.  He welcomes the opportunity to lend his work experience in support of the Parkinson's Foundation.

Board Members

Pat Brassill – Retired CPA
Cindy S. Brown – LBSW, CDP - Director of Care Services at Senior.One
Laura Cohen – Executive Director of Bella Vita Assisted Living Care Homes
Dr. D. Gause, DMA – Retired Music Professor, Southern Nevada University
Esther Labib-Kiyarash – Former Hospital Director of Performance Improvement
Dr. Zoltan Mari, MD – Ruvo Family Chair & Director for Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders, Cleveland Clinic, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Mark Milow – Emergency Preparedness Planner, Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Jamie Nesbit, PT – Physical Therapist at Creighton University
Dr. Holly Shill, MD, FAAN – Director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center
Mark Tavarez – Retired Captain of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Therese M. Uthke, MS, CCC-SLPSpeech Pathologist at Barrow Neurological Institute
Rose M. Vallejo, PT, DPT – Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy at the University of New Mexico
Kris Watts – Patient Services Coordinator at Barrow Neurological Institute
Jen Zupon – HRIS Administrator, Forever Living Products International
Denise Kaye, MBA - Connections In Homecare & Communities
Dr. Dana Sugar, MD - UNM Comprehensive Movement Center
Joe Green, CPFT, CPT, CES - WE MOVE Parkinson’s Exercise Program
Joel Hoffman - Retired Senior Vice President, and Chief Analytics Officer for Optum

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