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.
Director and Secretary
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. Marty is an Ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation and is passionate about helping others with Parkinsons to find their way to living their best life on their journey with PD. https://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/moments-of-victory/
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.
Patrick (Pat) Collins’ work history includes hotel management and over 32 years in commercial real estate. Pat served as a Vice President of Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate (CBRE) in the sale and leasing of industrial properties. Pat was a founding partner of the So Cal Sports Complex in Oceanside and after his retirement from CBRE, served as Director of Operations of the complex. He has held leadership positions on many planning boards and community groups, including Carmel Valley Recreation Council, City of San Diego Parks and Recreation, Del Mar/Carmel Valley Soccer Club, Kearney Mesa Planning Board, and Soccer Field of Dreams.
Tom Crane, Capt., USN, Retired
2nd Vice President
Tom Crane served 31 years in the U. S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He operated his consulting business after retirement for 15 years, then served as Assistant Director, City of San Diego Public Utilities Department. He has a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State. He volunteered as a VIP for 6 years with the San Diego Police Department. Tom has contributed to both the Michael J. Fox and PASD charities. This is his first experience as a board director. He has financially supported many San Diego charitable organizations over the years.
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.
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.
Dijana Ristic served as an intern for the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego while attaining her M.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. She assisted in bringing back the Good Start Program – a seminar designed for newly diagnosed people with Parkinson’s and their care partners to provide them with accurate information about the disease. Dijana continues to work with PASD in hopes to educate the community about this illness in honor of her late mother who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010.
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.