Board of Directors – 2020
Sam 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, Treasurer: Bonnie 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.
Kyle Vanderheide, Secretary: Kyle has 10 years experience as a firefighter paramedic. He has brought his past EMS experience with him to help seniors remain safe at home through Horizon Support Services Home Care organization. Often visiting Parkinson’s related physicians to further educate and connect people with his free parkinson’s program, and support group in fullerton. Kyle uses his past experience to specialize in home safety evaluations to target and address all interior and exterior home hazards. His passion motivates him everyday to help people become the best versions of themselves.
Tim Curry, Director: Tim was born in Aurora, Colorado in 1953. In 2002 he was diagnosed with Parkingson Disease. He retired on disability in 2009. His career was spent as an INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROFESSIONAL with twenty five years of experience in the information and financial services industries with proven ability to provide solutions and implement or direct implementation of both computer system solutions. His last fourteen years he worked for Experian. Education includes a B.A. in Political Science in 1975 and an M.A. in International Relations. U.S. Foreign Policy and Latin American Politics in 1979 at Colorado State University. His passion has always been his involvement in Soccer as a player and administrator since he was six years old. Since 2006 he has served on the Region 96 Board of Directors and VIP Program Director for special needs kids and adults in Tustin, California.
Jim 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.
Sue Perisi: Sue has been active in wellness education and promotion for over 30 years. She created a non-profit board for the Orange County Wellness Coalition and served as President during the four years she was employed as a Worksite Wellness Specialist with Health Net. Sue created employee wellness programs for over 250 companies in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In her next role as Director of Prudential Senior Care for the state of California, Sue oversaw the wellness program for older adults for over two years, including securing the role as major sponsor of Senior Olympics in Sacramento. Sue was then recruited to serve as Director of CSULB Senior University – a learning-in-retirement center for older adults – a program she designed and administered along with 20 volunteers. The program was grant-funded by a local hospital and was able to run on its own by the end of the grant period. It is now part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Program at CSULB. After retirement, Sue continues to pursue her love of lifelong learning – as a Certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master, she is currently studying sound healing modalities to add to her wellness “toolbox”. As a Care Partner to a spouse with Parkinson’s Disease, Sue is passionate about creating awareness not only about the disease and it’s symptoms, but also about the many resources available for both the patients and their Care Partners.
Johnny Mercurio: John Mercurio is the owner and head trainer of Huntington Beach Fight Club located at 6342 Industry Way, Westminster, Ca 92683. John is a professional boxer and MMA Fighter. On March 29, John fought for the renown Bellatore MMA organization and took home the win! He holds a black belt in muay thai, taekwondo and a brown belt in jiu-jitsu. John received his associates of arts degree in physical education from Goldenwest College, where he also was an accomplished decathlon and was 9th in the state for his division. For over 10 years John has coached high school track and field and is currently with the Fountain Valley School District. John has been a certified trainer for over a decade, he trains not only notable athletes but clients with Parkinson’s, MS, fibromyalgia, and other neurological diseases. John is also a certified rock steady boxing instructor and his HB Fight club boxing therapy classes emphasize the fundamentals of boxing and strength & conditioning, which improve balance, strength, flexibility, and confidence. John and his boxing therapy class was featured in the OC Register’s Sunday, January 6, 2019 edition, and he was also recently appeared on the Spectrum News, and the local Newscast, Orange Slice.
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Tom Kalen: For the past 60 years. Tom has been involved with major trust companies of major banks and investment firms around the county. For example, he worked closely with Morgan Stanley, Chase Investment Services, and Transamerica, where he brought in Master/Trust sales totaling billions of dollars in assets. His last employment, before retirement, was with Boston Safe. Tom set up office in California, and subsequently brought into the firm the largest pension fund in the world at the time. Tom went into semi-retirement at age 58-to play golf and do part-time consulting with Morgan Stanley. Tom joined the PAOC Board with the intention of raising funds to support PD research and to provide programs for People with Parkinson’s PWP). As a PWP he a personal interest in helping the Parkinson’s Community. Tom has worked with various charitable organizations like the United Fund Drive. He currently serves as Vice-President on the PAOC Board of Directors, and resides in Laguna Niguel.
Lori Renaud: Lori Renaud is a registered nurse & business owner with over 15 years of experience working in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in both business and nursing. Lori made the decision to open her own home care business in 2015 to help older adults age well in the comfort of home. Her company, Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care specializes in caring for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Lori is dedicated to helping the elderly live a more fulfilled life, harmonizing an independent lifestyle with safety and personalized care.
Emeritus Advisory Committee
Janet Buell, Member: Janet Buell was a board member of NPFOCC/PAOC for five years, most recently serving as President of the Board. She is currently an emeritus board member. Janet was a Director of Marketing for an engineering firm before her retirement. She is also a certified trauma counselor. Her degrees are in Communications and Pastoral Counseling. She is also the author of eight books and currently writes a blog about how to make life rewarding in spite of health challenges.
Jerry 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.