Capital Area Parkinson's Society

Our History

The Capital Area Parkinson’s Society (CAPS) was founded in 1984 to address the needs of people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends and carepartners.

Starting with a small, dedicated group, CAPS has grown to over 500 members and now sponsors almost 20 neighborhood support groups. CAPS is a volunteer-led, 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving the greater Austin area.

Membership in CAPS is completely free and open to anyone with an interest in Parkinson’s Disease.

Our Mission

The mission of the Capital Area Parkinson’s Society is to provide education, current information regarding research and resources, social interaction and emotional support to persons with Parkinson’s disease, their carepartners, and the public.

Our Leadership

Officers

Victor Becker
President

Jennifer Prescott
Vice President

John McGlothlin III
Treasurer

Donna Martino
Secretary

Board of Directors

Kara Doctor
Fundraising

Rene Ruiz
Finance & Grants

Ariel Goward
Programs & Community Liason

Paula Knight
Marketing, Communications & Outreach

Andrew Hodge
Marketing, Communications & Outreach

Advisors

Thereasa Ford

Susie Lightfoot Scherr

Dr. Thomas Hill

Ingrid Sarrat

Corinne Jones

Dr. Erik Krause

Deb Bryson

Join our board

Capital Area Parkinson’s Society is a not-for-profit organization, led by an all volunteer Board of Directors. Most of us serving on the Board have been directly impacted by Parkinson’s Disease.

We understand the importance of education and information, personalized support, social interaction, and community resources for those dealing with Parkinson’s.

An energetic, creative and committed Board is vital to the on-going growth of our organization. Our Board and other volunteers provide the leadership and energy that makes everything we do possible. CAPS has open positions on the Board, and we are looking for individuals with expertise in the following areas:

  • Finance, budgeting, and accounting
  • Marketing and communications
  • Information Technology
  • Program administration and management
  • Resource Development
  • Fundraising
  • Membership management

Board Members come from a variety of backgrounds. While several Board Members have experience in closely related areas, such as healthcare and finance, we encourage all interested individuals to consider becoming involved with CAPS.

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