I have been the volunteer president of the Hawaii Parkinson Association since April 2017. Diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s in late 2013 at age 47, I work to help others with Parkinson’s live the best life possible, educate anyone who will listen, and assist in Parkinson’s research where possible. I am a passionate local- and national-level Parkinson’s advocate and was invited to become a member of the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council and the Movement Disorder Policy Coalition.
Retiring as a Commander in the US Navy in 2013 following a 29-year career as a Surface Warfare Officer, I now work as the strategic assessor for US Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii. Impressed with the work on behalf of the Parkinson’s community and the dedication of Kevin Kwok, Davis Phinney Foundation board member, I was inspired to apply to be an Ambassador. The Every Victory Counts® manual also played a big part in my interest.
Living well means living a life as close to normal as possible. This includes traveling, enjoying hobbies, working in my chosen profession, and living a full life with family and friends.