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Government Relations Committee
Co-Chair:  Robin Elliott
Co-Chair: Joyce Gordon

Maria Barretto, MD
Fulvio Capitanio
Carlos Cosentino, MD
Jan Creswell
Vanessa Foran
Steve Ford
Sara Lew
Shannon MacDonald
Tanith Muller
Karen Northrop
Amy Rick, JD
John Silk, OAM
Ryan Tripp
Greg Wasson, JD
Karin Willemse
Liz Wolstenholme, OBE


Robin Elliott (US)












Joyce Gordon

Maria Barretto, MD

Fulvio Capitanio (Spain) is an economist and ITC manager.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2007 and retired from his job in 2009. In January of 2008, with a group of PD friends he met over the Internet, he started an online organization called "Unidos contra el Parkinson”   (together against Parkinson's disease) at http://portal.unidoscontraelparkinson.com.  
In October 2009 Fulvio coordinated the group's Second International Meeting in Spain dedicated to promote the importance of complementary therapies in PD treatment.  In March 2010 Unidos contra el Parkinson edited a comic "Through the eyes of a child” to help parents to explain PD to their children. In April 2010 started the project "Run 4 PD”, a worldwide event involving cities from different countries to run and walk miles to raise awareness on PD.
Fulvio is now dedicated to help and assess young onset people with PD. 

Carlos Cosentino, MD

Jan Creswell

Vanessa Foran

Steve Ford

Sara Lew

Shannon MacDonald

Tanith Muller

Karen Northrop

Amy Rick, JD

John Silk, OAM

Ryan Tripp (Canada) was diagnosed with Parkinson ‘s disease in July of 1996, at an age of 47 years old. He worked as a P.E. teacher and administrator for 23 years.  Two and a half year’s later he was forced to take a long-term disability health leave from his profession. This lead to a major slip into depression, a fractured marriage and a stage of 'who am I and what is happening to me?!?'

After joining a PD support group, improved medication and some valuable counseling, he found a renewed focus on life and living with Parkinson’s. His active involvement in events and speaking engagements outside of P.S.C. has brought him a wealth of information, contacts and experiences that are extensive and invaluable. Finally, inside P.S.C., he has been a strong consistent fundraiser, an active committee volunteer, an enthusiastic advocate in the community, on Parliament Hill and at Queen’s Park in Canada, plus he started and led a local support group in Muskoka, Ontario. His personal code is to live with intention, walk to the edge, listen hard, practice wellness, play with abandon, laugh, choose, with no regret, continue to learn, appreciate your friends, do what you love, and, live as if this is all there is!


Greg Wasson, JD

Karin Willemse

Liz Wolstenholme, OBE


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