PD Gladiators Elects New Board of Directors, Adopts Sustainability Plan

Gladiator Bonfire TShirtATLANTA, GA/November 22, 2016—The provider of the Atlanta region’s premier fitness network for people with Parkinson’s disease, PD Gladiators, Inc., announced today that it has adopted a sustainability plan and elected its 2017-2018 board of directors to lead the organization through a period of growth after tapping into an unmet need within the community.

Founded in 2013 as a nonprofit organization, PD Gladiators promotes the role of exercise in slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Using a two pronged-approach to promoting exercise, PD Gladiators manages a network of community-based exercise programs for people with PD and provides education and outreach to the medical community.

The PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network is an affiliation of independent fitness instructors, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, personal trainers, experienced volunteers with Parkinson’s disease and care partners offering a package of PD-specific exercise classes and support that helps people with PD design a personal exercise program that is effective, fun and sustainable. With 50 weekly classes like Ageless Grace®, boxing training, dance, general fitness, tai chi, YMCA Parkinson’s Movement Classes, yoga, Zumba Gold® and more offered by instructors with PD-specific training, the network is one of the largest programs of its kind in the country.

The 2017-2018 PD Gladiators Board of Directors includes Larry Kahn (Chairman), Nish Patel, DHSc, MPH (Vice Chairman), Krista Boniecki, DPT, Andrew Friede, MD, MPH, Julia Olise (Lisa) Kiely, Gil Kim, Rozina Merchant, DPT, Amy Morse, DPT, Brian Taylor. Also elected as Board advisors were Jorge Juncos, MD (Medical Advisor), Madeleine Hackney, PhD (Research Advisor) and Kelly Lukridge (YMCA Liaison).

The new directors will take office on January 1st and will each lead a committee staffed with volunteers, increasing the capacity of the organization to reach out to clinicians and the PD community, boost participation in network exercise classes, and expand offerings.

“With more active management and a strong fundraising plan, this restructuring positions us to hire a professional manager by 2018 and become a permanent part of the community infrastructure,” said Larry Kahn, CEO of PD Gladiators and a Parkinson’s patient since 2010. “We will be able to offer more services in more places to people with Parkinson’s.”

PD Gladiators is funded in part by the National Parkinson Foundation and the American Parkinson Disease Association.

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