Chairman And Staff

Parkinson Research Foundation

Lawrence 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 Parkinson Research Foundation.

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.

Jen Riesenberger,

Development Director & Community Outreach

Jen Riesenberger has devoted her career to serving seniors, caregivers and families. From delivering meals to homebound seniors with Meals-on-Wheels, to serving several terms as an AmeriCorps Vista with Senior Friendship Centers as well as acting as their Senior Center manager, Jen has been advocating for and creating programs to meet the needs of underprivileged and underserved elders in Sarasota for years. Most recently she served as the DeSoto Palms Assisted Living’s Director of Marketing, providing elder life transitions counsel and guidance to seniors, caregivers and families.  Jen joined Parkinson Research Foundation as the Director of Development and Community Outreach with the goal of promoting awareness of Parkinson Place, it’s mission, and to promote local support, information, education and advocacy for people in the greater Sarasota community affected by Parkinson’s disease, including their caregivers, family and friends. Jen graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a M.Ed. and has resided in Sarasota since 2005 with her three children Molly, Will and Troy. She is the granddaughter of Sam Lee who was diagnosed with Parkinson disease in 1969.

Lynne Henry, Administrative Director

Lynne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She brings over twenty years of financial and business management experience to the foundation.

As Administrative Director, Lynne oversees the Parkinson Research Foundation 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 Parkinson Place’s overall mission to play a positive role in the lives of Parkinson patients, caregivers and the community at large.

Dustin Tenney, Technical Services Director

Originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area, Dustin has resided in Sarasota for the past thirty years.  With over ten years of experience in technical management, he joined the Parkinson Research Foundation in 2014.

Dustin oversees all technical services to include maintaining the ParkinsonHope.org and ParkinsonPlace.org websites.  He is responsible for final design of marketing and collateral materials and offers audio-visual tech support for daily programs and special events at Parkinson Place.  Dustin is a professional photographer who has created an extensive library of photographs for the websites as well as beautiful portraits of Parkinson Place members and families.

Dustin manages the Parkinson Research Foundation and Parkinson Place social network outreach to include Facebook and Twitter and takes responsibility for ongoing member and community e-blasts. He maintains the computer network and all peripherals.

Dustin provides a special touch for Parkinson patients visiting Parkinson Place by making himself available to those requiring special help and assistance. He is a valued member of the team.