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Heather Balducci Heather Balducci, LCSW joined the PRO team in 2014. Heather comes to PRO with experience in counseling and case management in a variety of settings including community-based mental health treatment, homeless services, and cancer treatment. She is especially interested in helping individuals overcome barriers to activities that support their quality of life, as well as recognizing and treating mental health symptoms common in PD. Heather is available for short term counseling and case management. Contact Heather at Heather@ParkinsonsResources.org
Holly Chaimov Holly Chaimov, Executive Director, joined PRO in August, 1999. She has a BS in Psychology, minor in Gerontology, and a Masters degree in Business Administration. In her tenure with Parkinson's Resources, Holly has played a key role in the positive growth and development of services for the Parkinson's community here in the Northwest. Recently, Holly served on the Steering Committee and Local Planning Committee for the World Parkinson’s Congress, 2016 – furthering her work to bring quality programs to our NW community. Contact Holly at Holly@ParkinsonsResources.org
Ginger Despins Ginger Despins jumped into the role of Office Manager in early 2013. In addition to being the welcoming voice on the phone, look to Ginger to assist with lending library inquiries, mailing list questions and donor support and recognition. Ginger is also our resident expert at helping you find a meaningful way to volunteer your time and talents at PRO. Contact Ginger at Ginger@parkinsonsresources.org
Libby Kennard Libby Kennard joined us in the fall of 2013 in our Lane County office. Libby is a strong advocate and creative problem-solver for those she helps. She has 20+ years of experience working in social services much of it with seniors experiencing transitions & chronic disease management. Libby has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and a Specialty in Holistic Health. Her interest in wellness & holistic health is a good fit for her work with people with chronic conditions. Libby also enjoys promoting healthy lifestyles through evidence-based programs focusing on exercise, fall prevention and self-management. Contact Libby at Libby@parkinsonsresources.org
Jess Long Jessica Long hails from the other Portland, Portland, Maine! As the newest member of the PRO team, we are excited to benefit from Jessica's knowledge and expertise in community health and chronic illness. Jess will be focusing her efforts on our support groups and outreach. Contact Jess at Jess@ParkinsonsResources.org
Melissa Greer Melissa Greer, MPH, joined the PRO team in December 2014 as the Education and Wellness Coordinator. Melissa has a put her background in nutrition and public health to use through various community programs in Oregon. She is especially passionate about health promotion and the holistic approach to the overall well-being of others. Melissa is excited to bring all her experiences to PRO and be a part of the great work being done. If you have ideas for a new wellness initiative or need help finding an exercise program, be sure to talk to Melissa! Contact Melissa at Melissa@ParkinsonsResources.org
Carol Pfeil Carol Pfeil joined PRO in the summer of 2017 as our Program Coordinator for Central Oregon. She oversees the area's four regional support groups, several exercise classes, and organizes quarterly PD educational programs throughout the region. Through networking in the community, she serves as a resource for clients and families. Carol and her husband Jim have four grown children and a disabled black lab. She enjoys making friends, water aerobics, taking college courses, traveling, reading about health care and epidemiology, and sharing her love of coffee. Carol received her Masters in Teaching from Oregon State University.
Lauren Tietsort Lauren Tietsort, Development Director, joined PRO in November 2014 with experience in both the public and private sectors and over 15 years of fundraising and event management experience. Her nonprofit background includes Morrison Child & Family Services and Lines for Life. Lauren grew up and went to school in Northern California and has proudly called Portland home for more than 20 years. Lauren comes to us excited to grow our major donor and corporate partnerships while overseeing PRO’s fundraising and marketing programs. Contact Lauren at Lauren@ParkinsonsResources.org


Parkinson's Resources of Oregon is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community members with an interest and passion for serving the Parkinson's disease community.


Connie Helleson

Kristin Whitney
Vice President

Kelly Sweeney

Ryland Moore

Directors at Large:

Todd Bauman
Rich Brown
Melody Boyce
Greg Chaille
Gregg Giboney
Hank Grootendorst
Jerry Hulsman
Barney Hyde
Deanna Laidler
Joseph Quinn, MD
Richard Rosenbaum, MD
Justin N. Smith
Marilyn Veomett


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