Get to know the team behind our Healthy Parkinson’s Communities™ initiative

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The team behind our Healthy Parkinson’s Communities™ initiative is a small but mighty group dedicated to creating connections, investing in community leaders, and helping people live well with Parkinson’s no matter where they are. And they are here to help you create positive change in your community. 

Meet the team below and check out what we’ve been reading, watching, and listening to recently as we continue to learn more about growing as leaders, addressing health inequities, and creating long-lasting impact and systems change. 

Meet the Team 

Jenna Deidel, Director of Programs and Outreach 

Jenna oversees this team and helps to lead the overall strategy and implementation of the initiative. You can read more about her here.  

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Gabby Dimotsantos, Community Engagement Manager 

Gabby spearheads our Healthy Parkinson’s Communities network and works closely with our Community Action Committee leaders and NEAT, our National Engagement Advisory Committee. You can read more about her here. 

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If you want to know more about what Gabby is reading, look no further than our resource roundups, which she curates every month. 

Kayla Ferguson, Community Grants Program Manager 

Kayla heads up our new community grants program and supports our research grant program. She works closely with grant applicants and recipients and is available to connect with anyone interested in learning more about receiving funding. You can learn more about her here. 

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Everett Graves-Swinney, Ambassador Program Associate 

Everett supports our Ambassador program by assessing our Ambassadors’ needs and development and helping connect individuals and families with Ambassadors. You can learn more about him here. 

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Sara Linn, Ambassador Program Manager 

Sara leads our Ambassador program. She is responsible for strategic direction and growth and takes a lead role in Ambassador recruitment. You can learn more about her here. 

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More about Healthy Parkinson’s Communities

Nothing happens without the power of the collective, and community leaders are at the center of organizing, mobilizing, and creating positive change for the Parkinson’s community. Through our new Healthy Parkinson’s Communities initiative, we aim to support and connect community leaders to help them go farther than they could alone. Click here to learn more.

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