Independent Parkinson’s Network

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By working together as a network of independent Parkinson’s organizations, we can leverage our collective resources, knowledge, and expertise to achieve greater impact.

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Supporting those that Support Others

The Independent Parkinson’s Network is a membership organization of organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals living with Parkinson’s disease.

Through our shared vision and collective efforts, this network of organizations is making a significant difference in the lives of those impacted by this debilitating condition.

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Proven Experience

Many of our members are long time leaders in their communities.

Member Network

You will have a network of people to rely on for support and advice.


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Learn about new approaches to serving the Parkinson's community.

Crisis Management

Handling Covid and other unexpected emergencies.

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from the Chairperson

Christine Haythorn, CEO
Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania

Welcome to the Independent Parkinson’s Network (IPN)!

Each of the independent regional members of IPN provide local services to their regions.  Collectively, the 12 organizations share ideas, resources and experiences to make each of us stronger and more productive in our regions. 

This is an exciting year for our organization as we launch our new name, website and mission.  Several IPN CEOs will be attending the 2023 World Parkinson Congress in Barcelona as we gather new programming ideas and formally roll-out our mission.  As a whole, the current IPN organizations represent about 40% of the people in the US diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  We are open to new members that meet our membership criteria, and are committed to mentoring smaller organizations in their mission to serve their respective areas.

Unlike other national organizations serving the Parkinson’s community, IPN is the only organization of its kind in the US.  We are not a national organization, but rather a consortium of independent parties providing “boots on the ground” and locally-funded services to the PD community to include education, support and exercise.

Please feel free to reach out to me or any of our CEOs to learn more about services in your region.  Together, we will work to slow the progression of PD in our communities until such time that a cure is found.

Christine Haythorn, CEO, Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania on behalf of:

Leisha Phipps, CEO, Dallas Area Parkinson Society
Kathleen Crist, CEO, Houston Area Parkinson Society
Kristin Rossi, CEO, Michigan Parkinson Foundation
Virgil Sweeney, CEO, Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
Bibby Bailey, CEO, Parkinson’s Association of Alabama
Ann Marie Worman, CEO, Parkinson Association of the Carolinas
Jodi Brown, CEO, Parkinson Association of the Rockies
Chris Buscher, CEO, Parkinson’s Association of San Diego
Bruce McIntyre, CEO, Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma
Holly Chaimov, IPN Vice Chair and CEO of Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon
Jo Bidwell, CEO, Southwest Parkinson Society

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