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The Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana, Inc. (PAACI) was established in 1981 to share and understand problems confronting people with Parkinson’s disease, their spouses, children, friends and others affected by the disease

For more than 40 years, PAACI has provided friendship, support and assistance to those struggling with PD. We act as the Indiana Parkinson’s Educational Hub by sharing information about Indiana Parkinson’s events and resources.

Our mission includes sending out informational packets to anyone who needs Parkinson’s info, helping any of the Indiana Parkinson’s Support Groups and advocating for improvement of services, quality of care and research support for people with Parkinson’s disease in Indiana.


Sheri Kauffman

Sheri Kauffman

Executive Secretary


John Deck, Ph.D. – President

John, along with being the current President of PAACI is also a past president.  He has volunteered with PAACI since 1992.  He is a contributing author to the PAACI Newsletter.  He is retired from a 40-year career as a speech pathologist at both the Illiana and Roudebush VA Medical Centers.  John has been active in support groups for stroke, head and neck cancer, and Parkinson’s disease throughout his career.

Jeffrey Brodzeller – Treasurer

Jeff is 54 years old and was diagnosed with PD in 2002.  He joined the PAACI board later that year and has served as PAACI president, vice-president of operations, and treasurer. He is married and has 3 grown children.  He lives on the south side of Indianapolis.

Kathleen M. Krueger

Kathy is a retired Speech-Language Pathologist with a Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, and has a Master of Speech Pathology.  She has a certification in the Lee Silverman “Loud” program for people with Parkinson’s.  Kathy also has a background in communication and swallowing disorders.  She is currently a member of the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association.

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-eight years. Dr. Daly’s special interests include headaches and neurochemical disorders including Parkinson’s disease. His outside interests include genealogy and stamp collecting.

Rebecca Parks, N.P. – Vice President of Programs

Rebecca Parks is an Adult Nurse Practitioner.  Her interest in Parkinson’s disease began several years ago as a caregiver for her grandmother who had been diagnosed with the disease before the advent of Sinemet.  As Rebecca pursued her master’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 and Programs.  She has two children and two grandchildren.

Joann Whorwell

Joann is a retired teacher whose husband of 58 years, Chuck, had Parkinson’s disease until his passing in 2015.  She has a BS in Music Education from Indiana State University, a MA in Music Education from Ball State University, and a Life License in Music K-12.  She also has the following awards:  Indiana Music Educator 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, has been on the board of the Indiana Music Educators Association for 25 years, served on the National Music Advisory Board, served as an advisor to the Indiana Department of Education, was a member of the Indiana Elementary  Educators, and was on the Kokomo Community Concert Board.  She has also held an officer position in the Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority, was an organizer of the Indiana Children’s Choir, and Docent of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  She has served on the PAACI board for 5 years.

Tom Little – Vice President of Development

Tomas J. Little is a retired educator who spent his career serving in education throughout the metropolitan districts of Indiana. He served as a teacher educating 2nd and 4th graders, a principal, and a superintendent of schools during his career. Tomas received the PTO lifetime member award for his service along with awards from the Catholic Charities and the Indianapolis City Council for his exceptional work in the community. Tom currently resides in Indianapolis and was inspired to join the PACCI board following his Parkinson’s diagnosis a few years ago. He is dedicated to providing information, insights, and the most recent research studies to those affected by Parkinson’s. He has served on multiple boards including the Kokomo Education Foundation, YMCA Boxer Board, and Superintendent Association, and will be able to aid by providing leadership, community service, and organizational skills to PACCI.

Wendy Eckstein
Wendy Eckstein is an 8th-grade ELA teacher at Beech Grove Middle School. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in January of 2021. She is determined to fight back against Parkinson’s and joined PAACI’s Board to help share information about this formidable disease with others.


Connie Carney was 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.

The following have been honored as recipients of the Connie Carney Memorial Award.


John Deck


Julie Sanderson


Rebecca Parks


Eric Siemers


Paula Tomlin


Pressner Family


Jeff Brodzeller


Ed Daly


Joanne Wojcieszek


Sheri Kauffman


Purdue University Center for Research on Brain Behavior and Neurorehabilitation


Joann Whorwell


Community Outreach Program of the Indiana Women's Prison

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