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Elizabeth Pollard
Elizabeth "Eli" Pollard (Executive Director) has been with the World Parkinson Coalition from its inception in 2004 and helped steer the organization, alongside world renowned Parkinsonologist and WPC founder, Dr. Stanley Fahn. Together they worked to grow WPC Inc. from its sole purpose, of hosting a triennial global Congress on Parkinson's disease, to its more meaningful place in the community today, as a hub for many of the global PD organizations to connect and intersect. The World Parkinson Congresses are recognized in the global meeting industry for offering something that many other disease areas have struggled to do, giving all stakeholders a seat at the table and a voice on the issues. Eli also used the WPC as a model event to lead the meeting industry in a push for organizations to leave a legacy after a meeting, which started when the WPC launched its “Make the City Parkinson’s Ready” program at the WPC 2010 in Glasgow. This was a first in the Parkinson’s space and in the meeting industry where front of house staff at hotels, airports, and transportation companies were trained on Parkinson’s so they could better serve the WPC delegates. Eli is thrilled with the opportunity to offer new ideas that haven’t yet been explored in the Parkinson’s space and to meet the members of the community, and to watch as leading researchers, clinicians, people with Parkinson's and others work together to bring us closer to finding the cause(s) of Parkinson's and a cure for the disease.

Read Eli's Huffington Post article about the WPC



Kathleen Jordan

Kathleen Jordan (Digital & Outreach Manager) started at the World Parkinson Coalition®in 2016 as an intern and had the pleasure of attending the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. Later that year she was hired as the Outreach Coordinator. Kathleen knows that connecting the PD community and building public awareness will improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson's.

Kathleen holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Brooklyn College and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Baruch College. Before this she worked as a community organizer for issues ranging from accessible and affordable higher education to environmental justice.



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Alina Vogel (Communications Coordinator) started at the World Parkinson Coalition ® in 2019, she previously worked for many years as the web administrator for a community justice think tank non-profit organization. Alina also worked for several years as a reporter for a noteworthy Romanian newspaper and various magazines. She received her Master's in Journalism from Bucharest University.

Alina Vogel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judi Spencer (WPC Choir Director) is a vocal and rhythm specialist who travels internationally leading music, rhythm and vocal workshops for Senior Communities, Parkinson’s, Memory Care, Stroke and People touched with Cancer.

Judi has been involved with the Parkinson’s community for 25 years, beginning when her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1995.  She has lobbied in both Canada and the United States as a Parkinson’s Advocate.  Locally, Mrs. Spencer has led Parkinson’s Singing and Rhythm Classes and Workshops throughout Seattle and Washington State.  The Tremolo Singers, who meet in Bellevue every Tuesday, have been under the direction of Judi Spencer, beginning in 2007. 

Judi took on the role of the WPC Choir Director prior to the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon where she prepared the global choir for its first performance at the WPC 2016 opening ceremony.  She followed this performance by leading the choir once again to open the 5th World Parkinson Congress in June 2019 in Kyoto, Japan. In her role as the Choir Director she helped launch and judge the first ever WPC Song Competition in 2018 that garnered more than 40 submissions from the global Parkinson’s community. The two winning songs from that inaugural competition were performed at the opening ceremony in Kyoto.  

Judi is a Warrior in Pink and has been cancer-free for 5 years.  She and her husband currently live in Seattle, WA, near their three sons, grandson and granddaughter.

 

Parky the Raccoon (Official Mascot) Parky was born in the summer of 2012 when Bob Kuhn, an ambassador for the 3rd World Parkinson Congress decided to create a companion for his around the world trip. Bob's 70-day trip was designed to help him connect with people around the world who lived with Parkinson's disease (PD), like himself, or who cared for people living with PD. He used a cardboard cutout of Parky to spark conversations with people with Parkinson's who could not speak English. Everyone was curious about this unique animal, indigenous to North America, but virtually unknown to the rest of the world. It was in Montreal where Parky came to life as the WPC Mascot.

Parky now resides with humans all over the world who understand PD and who support the efforts of the World Parkinson Coalition in their mission to bring the Parkinson's community together at the triennial World Parkinson Congress. You can see where 
Parky is living by visiting him at www.WhereIsParky.org and you yourself have a Parky residing in your home, let us know so we can tag your Parky on our world map.

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