December 31, 2012
School of Public Health and Health Sciences alumna Leslie Chambers was recently named the President and CEO of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). Chambers received her B.S. in Nutrition, ’79, and M.S. in Community Health Education, ’85, from UMass Amherst, and has previously worked in leadership roles at the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago, IL and Norwalk, CT; The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in White Plains, NY; Autism Speaks in New York, NY, and Easter Seals of Stamford, CT. In announcing the selection, Chairman Joel A. Miele Sr. noted the board of directors was excited by the strong leadership Chambers will bring, as well as her skills in fundraising, business planning, program development, and finance.
Founded in 1961, the APDA is the largest grassroots organization serving Americans with Parkinson’s disease and funds information services, support groups, and nine centers for advanced research relating to the neurological disease.
Read the APDA press release.