THE PARKINSON’S ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF THEIR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARY C. SCHOEFFEL
Schoeffel Steps-In Just in Time to Lead their 22nd Annual Walk on February 13, 2021
The Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida (SWFL) announces the appointment of Mary C, Schoeffel as the new Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Association of SWFL. Schoeffel assumes the position just in time for the Parkinson’s Association of SWFL’s 22nd Annual Step-Up for Parkinson’s Walk, which will take place on February 13, 2021, from 9:00 am-Noon. This year, the walk offers the option of joining in-person at Baker Park in Naples or to walk virtually and enjoy the live activities online. This event provides an opportunity to raise awareness and funds that directly benefit more than 8,000 members of our community who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in Collier County, and more than 11,000 in Lee County.
“We are thrilled to have Mary as our new executive director,” said Bill Morgan, Board Chair of the Parkinson’s Association of SWFL. “She brings with her a remarkably strong background as a Certified Professional Fundraising Executive, in addition to a wealth of knowledge and experience in successfully leading non-profit human services and arts organizations. We believe Mary will provide the leadership and direction to build on the enormous growth our organization has experienced over the past few years.”
Schoeffel holds a B.A. and M.A. from Loyola University Chicago and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Dallas. She worked as the Development Director for a human services organization that assisted the homeless in Dallas before advancing to the Texas Discovery Gardens where she served as the executive director for five years. She extended her expertise to benefit the Susan G. Komen organization where she served as a regional support director and manager providing strategic, development, and operations support to the affiliate network. Most recently, Mary served as the development director for CROW, a wildlife rehabilitation, education, and research organization in Sanibel, Florida.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to build on the tremendous work the staff, board, and volunteers have done to serve the thousands of people here in Southwest Florida diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative disorders,” said Schoeffel. “With one of the largest Parkinson’s populations in the country, and with no cure in sight, it’s critical that we continue to meet the growing need to help our community members and to help them live well with PD by providing proven and effective programs and services that enrich, empower, educate, and support them. I’m thrilled to be able to help the organization expand to serve this exponentially growing population.”
“We are confident Mary is the right leader to work alongside our dedicated staff, board, volunteers, and our entire community as we enter a new phase of growth and opportunity,” said Morgan.
Would you like to support the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida?
One great way to support the Parkinson’s Association of SWFL, is to join them for their 22nd Annual Step-Up for Parkinson’s Walk either virtually or in person at beautiful Baker Park in Naples on February 13, 2021. To register online or to learn more visit Parkinsonsassociationswfl.org.
About the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida
The mission of the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida is to provide proven and effective programs and services that improve the quality of life, educate, enrich, and empower people affected by Parkinson’s Disease and related neurodegenerative diseases.
Our vision is to continue to create a Parkinson’s- friendly community where people affected by Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disease are treated with dignity and understanding. We provide advocacy, awareness and education to the healthcare and Parkinson’s communities and the community at large. People reach out to us for our expertise, programs and experience.
Membership, services and support are always free and extended to the care partners and families of community members with PD. The Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida is an independent non-profit that is not affiliated with a national organization. Membership application and more information is available at ParkinsonAssociationSWFL.org or call 239-417-3465.
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