Meet our Board

President – John Deck, Ph.D. – John, along with being the current President of PAACI is also a past President.  He has volunteered with PAACI for the past 20 years, is a contributing author to the PAACI Newsletter and was also a Speech Pathologist from the Danville and Indianapolis VA Medical Centers.

Treasurer – Jeffrey Brodzeller – Jeff is 47 years old and was diagnosed with PD in 2002. He joined the PAACI board later that year and has served as PAACI’s President, VP of Operations and Treasurer. He is married and has three children ages 20, 16 and 13. He lives on the south side of Indianapolis.

Members-at-Large

Edward Daly, M.D., Ph.D. – Dr. Daly was born in New York City, grew up in Connecticut, went to college in Pennsylvania, and came to Indiana over 40 years ago for IU Graduate School in Neurochemistry. He attended IU School of Medicine and completed Internal Medicine and Neurology training at IU Medical Center. Dr. Daly is board-certified in Neurology and has been a member of the Neurology faculty at the IU Medical Center and a staff Neurologist at the Roudebush VA Medical Center for thirty-three years. Dr. Daly’s special interests include headaches, multiple sclerosis and neurochemical disorders including Parkinson’s disease. His outside interests include genealogy and stamp collecting.

Rebecca Parks, N.P. – Rebecca Parks is an Adult Nurse Practitioner in the Geriatrics Service at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis where she has worked for over 29 years. Her interest in Parkinson’s Disease began several years ago as a caregiver for her grandmother who has been diagnosed with the disease before the advent of Sinemet. As Rebecca pursued her Masters’s Degree in Nursing, she sought out the opportunity to complete a gerontology practicum with PAACI as well as recruit members for her small study about caregiving for those with PD. Around 2001, she began serving on the board as Vice President of Education/Programs. Rebecca has two children and a beautiful grandaughter.

Nancy Pressner, R.N. – Nancy is a Registered Nurse with a background in family practice nursing and practice administration. She has been on the PAACI board for more than seven years and served as Vice President of Operations for three years before assuming the role of Board President in April 2013. Her experience with Parkinson’s was gained through her full time caregiving for her husband Jim, who passed away in July 2012 after battling the Parkinson Plus syndrome PSP for the past eleven years. Nancy feels she learned many lessons from her years of hands on care for someone living with Parkinson’s: the many experiences with the health care system, therapies and treatments, and the feelings and challenges faced by family caregivers. She is hoping to use those experiences to help others struggling with the disease by growing PAACI in scope and size to reach as many patients and their families as possible.

Nancy and her husband Jim (a former board member of PAACI) were married 37 years and have two children and one grandson. She enjoys decorating and singing in her spare time.

Joann Whorwell – Joann is a retired teacher whose husband of 30 years, Chuck, had Parkinson’s Disease until his passing in 2015.  She has a BS in Music Education from Indiana State University, MA in Music Education from Ball State University and Life License in Music K-12.  She also has the following awards: Indiana Music Educators Distinguished 25 year service award, Indiana Department of Education Certificate of Merit, Sigma Alpha Iota (Music Honorary – Sword of Honor, Ball State University Outstanding Music Alumni Award, and Indiana Music Educators Outstanding Elementary Music Award.

Joann has been on the Indiana Music Educators Association, National Music Advisory, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Elementary Music Educators, and Kokomo Community Concert Board.  She’s also held officer positions in the Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority, Organizer of the Indiana Children’s Choir Festival and Docent of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Stephanie Combs-Miller – Stephanie is an Associate Professor and CHS Director of Research at Krannert School of Physical Therapy.   She specializes in neurologic physical therapy, motor control and motor learning and has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Science.

Honorary Board Members:

Joe Carney