Brian True was elected to the vacant Vice Chairman position at the June meeting of the Board of Directors. He was elected to the Board at the beginning of the year and has proven to be a dynamic organizer and passionate advocate for MPF, leading an initiative to upgrade and streamline MPF’s technology. Mr. True is a Principal at Lee & Associates, where he is a commercial real estate broker specializing in tenant and investor representation.
Deanna S. Hatmaker will hold a 3-year term. She is the Senior Vice President of Development and Strategic Performance for Ulliance, Inc., and has held executive leadership positions for over 15 years. Deanna has served on state, education, and non-profit Boards, including Baker College Business Administration Advisory Board of Auburn Hills and the State Advisory Board, the KiMe Fund, and Ross Business Institute and is a member of several professional organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science and Administration from Central Michigan University with post graduate studies completed through the Executive Education programs at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Ms. Hatmaker has been active in the Parkinson community for many years, with family members and friends who have PD.
Sara Schimke, Esq. was also elected to a 3 year term. She is an attorney at Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer and Weiss, PC in Southfield MI. She is a member of the Firm's Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group where she focuses on Disability and Elder Law, including long term care planning, Medicaid planning, and Veteran's benefits. Sara also counsels and represents clients with special needs planning, blended families, tax planning and real estate succession planning.
Ms. Schimke graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and received her Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In addition to practicing law she is an adjunct professor at Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Elder Law and Disability Section and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
As an aside, her grandmother has a form of PD and she has represented many PD patients over the years.
Janet Whitaker was elected by the Support Group Facilitators of the Southeast Michigan region to represent them on the Board of Directors as a Facilitator Liaison to the Board. She will hold a 2-year term. She recently stepped up as one of the core facilitators of the Detroit Support Group. Her husband, Douglas, was diagnosed 2 years ago with PD. Douglas’ career was in social work. Janet had a long career in the Detroit Public Schools as a teacher (1st;and 2nd;grades), staff coordinator, administration - Principal and Assistant Principal of several schools, including one which was geared for boys of middle school age who could not participate in regular classrooms. She would like to use her talents on the MPF Board to “do whatever I can to help people get a better understanding of what Parkinson disease is and how to help those with PD.” Incidentally, Janet and Douglas also attend the Dearborn support group!
We thank Nancy Knitter for her 5 years of tenure on the MPF Board of Directors as Facilitator Liaison from the Southeast Michigan Region. Nancy will continue leading the Rochester Parkinson Support Groups, which include not only monthly meetings, but a breakfast club, caregiver group and exercise program. Nancy also participates in many educational programs offered by MPF.