PARKINSON’S ASSOCIATION OF SAN DIEGO STAFF, HISPANIC INITIATIVE COORDINATOR, MEDICAL ADVISORY DIRECTOR
Chris Buscher – Executive Director
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. Chris can be reached by email here or at 858-999-5671.
Jeff Seckendorf – Director of Operations
Jeff brings a wealth of experience and talent to PASD. After a long career in the film industry, Jeff went on to form several successful small businesses, including a technology startup and Coach Me Strong. Jeff produces the PASD Microcast Series and, along with board president Marty Acevedo, Jeff created and runs the PASD Mentor Program.
Jeff manages audio, video, and written content for PASD, along with programming, events, and other operational responsibilities.
An avid cyclist, Jeff races his bicycle on the road and track at the national level. Jeff can be reached by email here or at or at 619-373-5476.
Lisbeth Garces – Spanish Community Liaison (Independent Contractor)
Venezuela-born Lisbeth Garces envisioned a program that would provide regular classes for people with disabilities. She formed a non-profit, Juan Carlos Organization, in memory of her son – www.jcorg.org.
She then reached out to the Latino community so they could receive help. Lisbeth completed Rock Steady Boxing training in 2020 and is teaching bi-lingual RSB classes in the South Bay area for people with Parkinson’s.
In 2021 she became PASD’s Hispanic Community Liaison and in 2022 she became an Aware in Care Ambassador. Lisbeth can be reached by email here or at or at 619-971-3904.
Dr. Brenton Wright – Medical Advisory Director
Dr. Wright contributes, through his voluntary guidance, a wealth of knowledge that enhances PASD’s mission of enabling persons with Parkinson’s to live their best lives through provision of support, resources and education.
Dr. Wright cares for patients with Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonian disorders, tremor, dystonia, ataxia, and Huntington’s disease – among other conditions. He is also Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and director of the movement disorders fellowship at UC San Diego.
He completed neurology residency at Columbia University and fellowship training under Dr. Stanley Fahn at Columbia and the Neurological Institute of New York. His research interests include clinical therapeutics and biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
Dr. Wright is a native of Louisville, KY. He is an avid sports fan, especially of the University of Louisville Cardinals and the Cincinnati Bengals. In his spare time he enjoys surfing, hiking, mountain biking, live music, camping, and tennis. His favorite kind of barbeque is Memphis dry rub style.