Of San Diego
As the leading Parkinson’s resource in San Diego County, the association provides information and referral services, education, support groups, evidence-based exercise programs, community events, social opportunities, compassion and encouragement.
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Board of Directors
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.
Dr. John Burnett
1st Vice President
John Burnett is a retired Professor Emeritus of Marketing from the University of Denver. He is the author/co-author of more than twenty books, including Nonprofit Marketing: Best Practices. He has assisted nonprofits organizations for the last thirty years in a variety of capacities. He was the President of the Brain Injury Association of Colorado from 2007-2009, and served on the President’s Committee on Disabilities in 2004. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015.
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.
Director, Ex Officio
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.
Steve Blostin spent over 30 years in the financial industry. While in New York, he was a member of the New York Stock Exchange and traded on the floor for over five years. In 1987, Steve moved to California where he and two friends started an investment advisory business in San Diego. In 2001, he retired from the industry after a successful five years at a major money manager in San Diego. Steve was diagnosed with Parkinson’s over 20 years ago and underwent a very successful Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in 2007.
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.
Paul Dawson served 26 years with the City of Vista Fire Department, advancing from Firefighter to Paramedic to Fire Marsal, retiring in 2000. He rejoined the fire service in the aftermath of the Cedar Fire, serving eight more years as Fire Marshal with San Diego County Fire Authority. Paul earned a Master of Arts in Management from University of Redlands, served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and has held leadership positions on the boards of several community service and health-related organizations. Paul has contributed to the Parkinson’s cause in many ways, including leadership of North County Parkinson’s Support Groups – in support and honor of his late wife, Eva, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1997.
Rudolf Hradecky, Esq.
2nd Vice President
Rudy received his JD from Fordham University in 1966. He served as a municipal law attorney with over twenty-three years of increasing responsibility for litigation and governmental law functions, advising elected public officials and senior municipal officers. From 1997 to 2005 he served as Senior Assistant City Attorney, City of National City, California. Following his retirement he served as an appointed Pro Tem Judge, San Diego Superior Court until 2015.
Matthew W. Hunt
Matt Hunt is currently employed by and registered with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. He has registered as a broker with one Self-Regulatory Organization and 11 U.S. states and territories. He has passed the Principal/Supervisory exams, the General Industry/ Product exams, and the State Securities Law exams.
Paul Johnson is a retired Executive Director of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. His career at Habitat for Humanity spanned 17 years and included construction of 102 homes. In his role, Paul was responsible for securing land, building homes, community relations, fundraising, donor acquisition and retention, financial management, marketing, human resources, volunteer management, and special events. He has also held positions on various community boards, both in the non-profit and public sectors. Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013.
Lisa Stinchcomb has been in the Pharmaceutical industry since 2001. Her initial role was as a Sales Representative in Neurosciences. She has since held numerous positions across many therapeutic areas. In 2016, she joined ACADIA Pharmaceuticals here in San Diego, where she was instrumental in launching their new molecule for Parkinson’s disease psychosis. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University. She has a wealth of pharmaceutical industry knowledge and a passion to make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson’s.