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 700 members. CAPS is a primarily volunteer powered, 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

The Capital Area Parkinson’s Society is led by an Executive Director and an active Board of Directors. Many 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.


Victor Becker


Jennifer Prescott

Jennifer Prescott

Vice President

John McGlothlin III


Lindsey Dalrymple


Board of Directors

Kara Doctor


Rene Ruiz

Finance & Grants

Andrew Hodge

Marketing, Communications & Outreach

Len Gilmore

Board Member

Sidney Collin

Speaker Chair

Mike Tipps

Speaker Chair

Kathrin Brewer

Board Member


Dr. Thomas Hill

Tereasa Ford

Dr. Erik Krause


Join our board

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, communications and digital media
  • 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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