Welcome to the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego’s Speakers Bureau
Here we provide you bios and info on people who can speak to your organization on various topics related to Parkinson’s. Please click on the photos to read the bios then fill out the form in the popup to contact any of our speakers. Use the filter buttons to see who is available to speak in person and who would be available for a last minute booking.
Chris Buscher – Executive Director, Parkinson’s Association of San Diego
- The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego Resources
Chris has served as Executive Director of PASD since January of 2017 and he has worked in an executive and/or volunteer capacity for not for profits for over 50 years. Exhibiting a deep life commitment to those in need, he has an extensive background developing positive solutions to meet those needs.
During his past work career, he has led local and national community efforts for the homeless, battered women, emergency food, needs assessment, fund distribution and diversity. He credits successes that were achieved, to superior teamwork, as it is always a critical component in reaching goals.
BOOKING REQUEST FOR CHRIS BUSCHER:
Jonathan Schwartz – Owner, Partner in Aging
Speaking on these topics:
- Aging well in the 21st century
- The Longevity Dividend, how to give back and have purpose post retirement
- ABC’s of Retirement Communities
Jonathan Schwartz has a degree in Entrepreneurship from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Gerontology from USC. Since 2008, he has been living and working in the field of aging, with a main focus on in-home care and assisted living communities.
At the beginning of 2019, he leveraged his decade-plus experience in the field of aging to start a company, Partner in Aging. Partner in Aging helps older adults connect to a litany of resources to help individuals and families navigate the maze of aging. Jonathan’s passion and aim is to speak to groups to inspire and educate our San Diego community on how to age well.
BOOKING REQUEST FOR JONATHAN SCHWARTZ:
Marty Acevedo – Board President, Parkinson’s Association of San Diego; Ambassador, Davis Phinney Foundation
Available for Last Minute Bookings
Speaking on these topics:
- Living Your Best Life with Parkinson’s
- The PASD Mentor Program
- Nutrition and Parkinson’s
- Parkinson’s and Hospitalization;
- National, state, local advocacy
- PPMI (MJFF research on biomarkers)
- Patient experience with DBS
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.
BOOKING REQUEST FOR MARTY ACEVEDO
Mike Reeder is an Emmy-Award winning sports television producer, certified Rock Steady Boxing trainer, and owner of BoxFit, home to Rock Steady Boxing Downtown San Diego. Mike started his Rock Steady program in 2016. Over the last 7 years, Mike has seen firsthand the benefits of exercise on his Parkinson’s fighters.
Booking Request for Mike Reeder
Sherrie Gould, NP is a Movement Disorders Nurse Practitioner at the Scripps Clinic Center for Neurorestoration in La Jolla, CA.
Speaking on these topics:
- Deep Brain Stimulation
- New Medications for Parkinson’s Patients
- Exercise and Parkinson’s
Sherrie has been a national speaker for many of the new medications that are available for our patients. She is also available to talk about Deep Brain Stimulation which includes the possibility of remote DBS programming (DBS programming from your home using wi-fi technology). Patient presentations are available. There will always be a question-and-answer portion at the end of the presentation.
On two different occasions she was given the Health Hero Award for her commitment to the Parkinson’s community. Sherrie was recognized by California Association of Nurse Practitioner for her commitment to Parkinson’s research and was given the NP Award of Distinction by the CANP in 2018. She also received recognition as the “honoree” of the year at the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego gala in October of 2019.
Sherrie Gould has coauthored professional publications on issues pertaining to Movement Disorders and is presently a sub investigator working on a project using induced pluripotent stem cell technology as a treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.
Her passion is empowering people with Parkinson’s to set lofty goals and as a consequence has lead hiking trips around the globe with people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones to Kilimanjaro, base camp of Everest, Machu Picchu and the Camino de Santiago in Spain and the Dolomite mountains in Italy in September of 2022. Next hike will be in Japan in 2024.All climbs are fundraisers for the Parkinson’s community and for research in this field.
BOOKING REQUEST FOR SHERRIE GOULD: