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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 online, on teleconferences, or in person at the Congresses. Eli is thrilled with the opportunity to meet the members of the community, to help build the WPC Legacy, 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.

Eli graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree, and the School for International Training with a Master's degree in International & Intercultural Management. She spent most of her 20s living outside the US in Zimbabwe, Switzerland, and Japan with lengthy stays for research or travel in India, China, and Thailand. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two rambunctious children who keep her on her toes when she's not knee deep in WPC work.

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.



Alina Vogel

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.



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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