Pat McDonnell joined the Board in September 2010, bringing a wealth of experience working with the local Parkinson’s community and a keen understanding of the issues facing Parkinson’s families. Pat currently works as senior therapy representative at Medtronic Neuromodulation, the world’s largest medical technology company. Medtronic develops and manufactures devices and therapies to treat more than 30 chronic diseases, including Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Wayne Label
Dr. Label has a Ph.D in Accounting and a CPA. He has taught at several universities in the US and abroad and has written several books. Wayne has served on several boards of not-for-Profits including 25 years with American Cancer Society, locally, state-wide and nationally.
Wayne has been involved with the Parkinson’s community for over 8 years.
Edward Fitzpatrick is Senior Vice President, Special Projects for The Shopoff Group and the Shopoff Properties Trust where he creates and implements processes and systems for the group’s investment portfolio. Ed is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Law School. Ed was diagnosed in 2007.
Jack Feehan has over thirty years of expertise in the valuation analysis, acquisition, development and financing of commercial real estate. In addition, Jack modestly agreed to use his MBA in Finance from Harvard University to serve as the Parkinson’s Association’s Treasurer. Jack has no personal affiliation with Parkinson’s beyond wanting to help the PD community.
Charlie Abdi is the Founder and Managing Partner of Finest City Realty Advisors, based in San Diego, California. He is an expert in acquiring properties and structuring new development opportunities with financial institutions and land owners across Southern California. Charlie’s wife has Parkinson’s disease.
Marty Acevedo is the former Director of Food and Nutrition, Environmental Services, and Patient Transportation at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, CA. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who served as a member of the critical care health care team at TCMC, providing advice and recommendations for patients’ nutritional care as they recovered from critical illness or injury. Marty is the author of two home-study courses for registered dietitians and other health care practitioners.
Marty was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010. She has since increased her involvement in groups associated with Parkinson’s disease in an effort to raise awareness, increase knowledge and provide support for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners.
In addition to serving on the Parkinson’s Association’s board, Thelma Balbes is involved with the North County Support Group and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. In 2015, Thelma was the subject of a story in San Diego’s Union Tribune about inspiring people living with Parkinson’s.
Steven Blostin worked for 30 years as an analyst and trader in the financial industry, including five years as an independent broker on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1987, he moved from New York to San Diego to start an Investment Advisory business with two friends. Steve was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1998 and has since had successful Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. Now retired, he also serves as the President of the homeowners association for Windemere Corporation in La Jolla.
Kathy Bruyere, CAPT, USN, Retired
Kathy Bruyere, a past President of the Parkinson’s Association Board of Directors, has spent her professional life championing important causes, from equal opportunities for women in the military to research for people affected by neurological diseases. She has contributed to the Parkinson’s Association in a meaningful way for many years in honor of her late husband, Tom, who had Parkinson’s.