Our Team of Dedicated Professionals

 

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.

Alix Redmonde

Chief Executive Officer, Parkinson Place

Alix Redmonde is a native Los Angelino, an only child, has lived in five countries and speaks three languages.

Wearing her passion for people on her sleeve, Redmonde brings more than 30 years of fundraising experience to Parkinson Place including serving as regional chair of the New York’s Workout for Hope, benefitting City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute.

Redmonde was the 2016 fundraising champion of CAN Community Health’s (CAN) annual signature event, CANDance.  She later joined CAN as director of media relations. 

She is an award-winning journalist and familiar face on Suncoast local news.  You watched her as the health and medical journalist on WWSB, ABC7, as producer and host of SNN’s “Local Doctors on Call” and fitness video blogger at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

As a certified fitness instructor with more than 30 years experience, Redmonde created innovative programming including Positive Workout for people with compromised immune systems and Yo!RobicsTM, adopted by New York Governor Mario Cuomo’s Youth Drug Prevention Program, Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. She has taught internationally and appeared frequently as a fitness expert on New York, Los Angeles and national TV.

Redmonde served for five years as group exercise coordinator of Manhattan’s West Side Y (The largest Y in the world) where she turned the program into a success.  Volunteering most weekends, Redmonde served as a member of New York City’s Mounted Auxiliary Patrol.  And, her animal rescue, foster and adoption programs during 911 were chronicled by local and national media.

Earlier this year, Redmonde’s production, Six Degrees of Sarasota debuted at the Sarasota Film Festival and Perennial Film Festival.  In her spare time, Redmonde trains with her off-track thoroughbred horse, Patriot.

Redmonde’s mission is to continue to serve people living with Parkinson’s disease, their care partners and families and to raise awareness and funding for Parkinson Place.

 

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.

 

Susan Belesi

Member Relations Director

Susan brings her personal and professional experience to Parkinson Place in an effort to provide superior service for members, caregivers and families.   Sixteen years ago Susan’s husband, Craig, then an Executive Vice President for a large construction management company, was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. In an effort to secure the best resources for Craig, they relocated three years ago from New York to Sarasota to gain access to the over 60 ongoing group participation classes, educational programs, special events and other free services offered every month at Parkinson Place.

In addition to serving as Member Relations Director, Susan is instrumental in professionally designing Parkinson Research Foundation and Parkinson Place education and promotion materials for distribution and online outreach.  She received her B.F.A. degree in Graphic Design from New York Institute of Technology and has spent her entire career in education, business and the art sectors. 

Susan is a seasoned fundraiser committed to those living with the overwhelming challenges of Parkinson’s disease.  She is a major asset to Parkinson Place whose mission is to meet the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of those living with Parkinson’s disease.   Susan, her family and friends have raised more than $100,000 towards fighting for a cure.

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.

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5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 100 Sarasota, FL 34232