Lehr Charged with Advancing Foundation’s Mission to
Accelerate the Science and Care for Parkinson’s Disease
NEW YORK & MIAMI – January 10, 2017 – The Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Foundation today announced its selection of John L. Lehr, a noted nonprofit leader, as chief executive officer. The hiring follows the recent merger of two Parkinson’s nonprofits with rich histories: National Parkinson Foundation, headquartered in Miami, and Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, headquartered in New York.
“Bringing John on board signals our commitment to accelerating the science and care for Parkinson’s on behalf of the millions of people across the globe living with the disease,” said John W. Kozyak, Esq., board chair of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “We are confident that his extensive experience, knowledge and skill – as well as his passion for our mission – will add momentum to our fight against Parkinson’s.”
Lehr brings to the Parkinson’s Foundation more than two decades of nonprofit fundraising and management experience. He has a proven track record in the voluntary healthcare and medical research sectors, having led successful fundraising campaigns and implemented programs that have advanced the missions of organizations working to improve the lives of people living with chronic disease.
“I am honored to lead the Parkinson’s Foundation at such a pivotal time – one in which the needs of the community and potential of science are greater than ever,” Lehr said. “Throughout my career, I have focused on ensuring that nonprofits have the greatest impact on the communities they serve. As CEO, I am eager to listen to the Parkinson’s community and address its concerns with equal urgency.”
Lehr will work closely with the board to guide its mission to invest in promising scientific research toward ending Parkinson’s disease and improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s, and their families, through improved treatments, support and access to the best care.
Lehr was selected in a comprehensive process led by a search committee of the board with support from Russell Reynolds, an executive search firm.
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About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation is working toward a world without Parkinson’s disease. Formed by the merger of National Parkinson Foundation and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in August 2016, the mission of the Parkinson’s Foundation is to invest in promising scientific research that will end Parkinson’s disease and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s, and their families, through improved treatments, support and the best care. For more information, visit www.parkinsonsfoundation.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636) or (800) 457-6676.