Larry Hoffheimer, Chairman and Founder
Mr. Hoffheimer was a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice and a practicing healthcare attorney in Washington, D.C. for thirty three years. During the course of his career he has represented numerous voluntary health agencies and healthcare delivery professionals.
Mr. Hoffheimer formed and led the advocacy effort that resulted in the Congressional Resolution and Presidential Proclamation declaring the 1990s as “The Decade of the Brain.” He founded the National Foundation for Brain Research which provided enhanced visibility for neurological disorders.
Mr. Hoffheimer was asked by the National Parkinson Foundation to serve as its Washington counsel where he became a leader in the lobbying effort to pass the Morris K. Udall Bill, which provided $100,000,000 for research into the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease.
He was elected President of the Parkinson Foundation for the National Capital Area during which time the foundation raised more than $2 million for medical research. In 2006, Mr. Hoffheimer moved to Sarasota and formed the Parkinson Research Foundation. He continues his lifelong commitment to the Parkinson community by playing an active role as chairman of the PRF.
Juan Sanchez-Ramos, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director
Juan Sanchez-Ramos, MD, PhD a leader in the field, is the Medical Director for the Parkinson Research Foundation. He is a Professor of Neurology at the University of South Florida, Tampa where he holds the Helen Ellis Endowed Chair for Parkinson’s disease research. Dr. Sanchez-Ramos offers monthly “Ask the Doctor” educational programs and scheduled patient consultations at Parkinson Place.
Marilyn Tait, Director Parkinson Place
Marilyn Tait, a graduate of the Thomas Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, celebrates 45 years in healthcare marketing, management and program development. With a seventeen year passion for Parkinson’s, she is an expert in fulfilling the physical and emotional needs of those living with this overwhelming disease. She is an experienced educator and motivator as well as a national speaker in the field.
As Director of the Parkinson Place Program she is responsible for the full scope of quality services provided at Parkinson Place, an 11,000 square foot multidisciplinary care center in Sarasota, Florida dedicated to improving the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease. She is the driving force that makes Parkinson Place a Center of Excellence for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.
“Parkinson’s disease can create the challenge of a lifetime but with the belief that “I have Parkinson’s, Parkinson’s does not have me,” those affected by the disease have the hope and “positive power” to live everyday life to the fullest.” M. Tait
Maureen DeMarks, Development Director
Maureen comes to us with a varied background in Administrative Management, Health Care Management, Nutritional Counseling, and IT experience.
A former student of the University of Cincinnati and Graduate Summa Cum Laude from the State College of Florida, she brings an out of the box vision to the Parkinson Research Foundation.
Under her direction we have improved our web presence and expanded our outreach program from well beyond the six counties we physically serve to an international one.
Now serving as Development Director her focus is on opening up new avenues to support the Parkinson community locally as well as internationally.
“The Parkinson Research Foundation’s commitment to the Parkinson community is very impressive. Interacting with the wonderful staff as well as the many Parkinson patients and caregivers is truly a blessing.” Maureen DeMarks
Lynne Henry, Administrative Director
Lynne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She brings over fifteen years of financial and business management experience to the foundation.
As Administrative Director, Lynne oversees the PRF Major Donor Program. She manages the daily business operations for both the foundation and Parkinson Place.
Lynne’s enthusiasm and strong interpersonal skills contribute to PRF’s overall mission to play a positive role in the lives of Parkinson patients, caregivers and the community at large.
“It is a privilege to participate in the day-to-day lives of the Parkinson community and our gracious donors.” L. Henry
Toni Goin, Service Coordinator
Toni, originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, studied Business Administration at the University of Phoenix. With 32 years of experience in customer relations and satisfaction, she serves as the Service Coordinator at Parkinson Place greeting hundreds of Parkinson patients, caregivers, health care professionals and guests.
As the Service Coordinator, Toni is responsible for reception, administrative support, member services and coordination of daily programs. Toni’s optimism, enthusiasm and friendly smile are a welcomed gift making every visitor feel special and at home.
The Parkinson Research Foundation is proud to have Toni as part of the dedicated team committed to improving quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s disease.
“It’s easy to make your life meaningful when you spend the day participating at Parkinson Place.” T. Goin