Board of Directors

Board of Directors – 2018

sam-torres-e1507826512263.jpgSam Torres, President: Sam has 50-year history in Criminal Justice beginning as a Probation Officer in Orange County. He continued his career as a Federal Probation and Parole Officer, retiring in 1995. Sam has an undergrad degree in Sociology, and graduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Criminology. While working as a Federal Probation Officer, he began teaching Sociology and Criminology at numerous southland colleges. Upon retiring from the Federal Probation System Sam went from an adjunct instructor to a full-time tenure-track associate professor of Criminal Justice at CSULB. He later served a 3-year term as Department Chair. He retired from CSULB in 2009. Later, Sam served on the 2014-2015 Orange County Grand Jury.

Sam was diagnosed with PD in approximately 2011, and for the past 2 years has been very active with the Parkinson Community, including PAOC and PEP4U.

Bonnie Myers

Bonnie Myers, TreasurerBonnie retired from a 22-year career in marketing and promotion in 2000. Over the course of her career, she has held a variety of positions, including promotions coordinator for a shopping center, executive director of a historic central business district, marketing director for two different credit unions, mortgage loan officer, and education manager for a national trade association. She has served as president of various organizations, including Monarch Beach Rotary and Whittier Soroptimist clubs, as well as participating on numerous boards of directors.

Residents of South Orange County since 1989, Bonnie and her husband Paul celebrated their fiftieth anniversary prior to his death from Multiple Systems Atrophy associated with Parkinson’s Disease in 2016. Bonnie holds a BA in Slavic Studies from UCLA. Her two daughters and families reside in Denver, CO.

marlyn-evans-e1511578980331.jpgMarlyn Evans, Secretary: Marlyn



                          Cristi Barber, Director: Cristi


doug-barber-e1512663943497.jpgDoug Barber, Director: Doug was born in Oceanside, CA. and raised in beautiful, sunny San Clemente. Graduating from San Clemente High School in 1973, he immediately joined the Navy, serving during the Vietnam War. Doug has been a commercial driver for 42 years, 34 as a class A truck driver. He was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease July 2015. He is involved in the Parkinson’s community through exercise programs, meetings, and symposiums. Doug sings and has a great time as a  member of the Tremble Clefs.

                          Tim Curry, Director: Tim


jim-e1513668464426.jpgJim Jenkins, Director: Jim was an accounting manager for many prominent developers in the Southern California area for over 15 years before finding his calling as a caregiver and advocate for seniors.  He has been a professional caregiver/advocate for over 10 years and owner of Jim’s Concierge Caregiving.  He specializes in people with neurological degenerative diseases with an emphasis on Parkinson’s. Jim is an active participant in the Parkinson’s community. He has been an active attendee in symposiums, seminars, Parkinson’s exercise classes, PT&OT, speech therapy classes, assisted gym, fundraisers, doctors luncheons, and support groups to stay on top of the latest information as it relates to Parkinson’s.

Jim is a So. California native and still resides in So. California. He is a graduate of CSULB with a degree in Communication.  He and his company are members in good standing of the ACA (American Caregivers Association) and is on the national registry for caregivers.

Emeritus Advisory Committee

                           Janet Buell, Member:



Bill Gonzales, Member: Bill was most recently Treasurer of the Port of Los Angeles. He was responsible for the management and investment of cash balances, the selection, purchase and sale of securities, the purchase of letters of credit and bank notes; and the issuance of revenue bonds and commercial paper. He participated as a member of the committee to select commercial bankers, financial advisers and financial agents.

JKM ECS 8-8-2011Jerry Miller, Member: Jerry’s unique background includes nearly twenty-five years of human resources leadership experience with companies such as Ford Motor Company, W.R. Grace & Company, Taco Bell Corp., SunAmerica Inc. and Midland Credit Management, Inc. Most recently he was Vice President, Marketing for Executive Career Services (ECS), a boutique talent management firm in Irvine, CA. Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Political Science, from the University of Scranton, Scranton PA. He is a US Army veteran, having attained the rank of Captain.

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