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 Team

<b>Mary Jackman</b><br>Operations Manager

Our Leadership

Officers

<b>Victor Becker</b><br>President

<b>Jennifer Prescott</b><br>Vice President

<b>John McGlothlin III</b><br>Treasurer

<b>Donna Martino</b><br>Secretary

Board of Directors

<b>Kara Doctor</b><br>Fundraising

<b>Rene Ruiz</b><br>Finance & Grants

<b>Ariel Goward</b><br>Programs & Community Liason

<b>Paula Knight</b><br>Marketing, Communications & Outreach

<b>Andrew Hodge</b><br>Marketing, Communications & Outreach

<b>Michelle Owens</b><br>Nominating

<b>Andrea Polidari</b><br>Fundraising

Advisors

<b>Thereasa Ford</b>

<b>Susie Lightfoot Scherr</b>

<b>Dr. Thomas Hill</b>

<b>Ingrid Sarrat</b>

<b>Corinne Jones</b>

<b>Dr. Erik Krause</b>

<b>Deb Bryson</b>

<b>Kitty Hoskins</b>

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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