Connie Carney Memorial Award

The Connie Carney Memorial Award is in honor of an astounding woman who lived her life graciously with Parkinson’s Disease while donating a significant amount of her time to the Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana, Inc. (PAACI) and the local Parkinson’s Community. In honor of all that Connie Carney did in the name of PAACI we have established an annual award to honor and celebrate a person who has given of themselves to PAACI and the Parkinson’s Community in a gracious and loving manner.

PAACI was pleased to announce that the Pressner Family (Nancy, Bryan & Sarah) were the 2016 Connie Carney Award recipients.  Nancy’s late husband, Jim, was diagnosed with
Parkinson’s in 2004, and they joined PAACI in 2007.  Nancy served as vice-president of operations from 2009-2011, and present of PAACI from 2012-2015.  She was the author of the Caregiver’s Corner in the Newsletter and a facilitator for the Care Partner Support Group.  Nancy had previously worked as an RN and administrator in a family practice doctor’s office.

Sarah, their daughter and Bryan, their son have volunteered at the PAACI Symposiums and other PAACI events over the last few years.  Sarah has helped PAACI obtain a grant through her employer.  Bryan has been the PAACI photographer for the Newsletter, Symposium and other events for the past few years.  He is also a certified trainer for Rock Steady Boxing.  Jim’s brother, Joseph Pressner, Ph.D., is a psychologist who has also contributed a series of articles for the PAACI Newsletter.

On Saturday, December 5, 2015 we honored Paula Tomlin with the Connie Carney Memorial Award for many years of volunteer service to the Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana (PAACI), Young Parkinsons of Indiana (YPI) and the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN).  Paula has generously offered her help by volunteering on the PAACI & YPI boards, editing the PAACI Newsletter and representing PAN at local events all while living her life beautifully with Parkinson’s Disease.

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, we presented Dr. Eric Siemers with the Connie Carney Memorial Award for more than 25 years of devoted service to the Indiana Parkinson’s community. He was also recognized for his participation in the organizations Newsletter, and for his many years of contributions to our annual Indianapolis Symposium. PAACI is very grateful for all Dr. Siemers years of compassion and service.

In 2013, at the Holiday Party on December 5th, we honored Rebecca Parks. Rebecca has been with PAACI for more than ten years. Over those years Rebecca has either fully or partially planned all of the educational events including the support groups and annual Symposiums. She has been an amazing resource and helped PAACI create some wonderful events and memories.

In 2012, at the Symposium on October 6th, we were happy to give the Connie Carney award to Mrs. Julie Sanderson. Julie had previously been the secretary to and the voice of PAACI. We celebrate Julie and all the awesome things she has done to help continue PAACI’s work.

In 2011, we honored Dr. John Deck as our first recipient of the Connie Carney Award. John is a past president of PAACI and has volunteered his time and finances abundantly over the years. We honor and thank John for all his contributions.