Meet Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania’s Young Leadership Group
Emily Bayer is a marketing and communications professional, specializing in healthcare at a full-scale agency. Emily graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, and has since been active in their alumni association as well as local community sustainability initiatives.
A Pittsburgh native, the PFWPA has been in her life as long as she can remember, as her extended family would join annual walks in support of her grandfather, Robert. Robert lived with Parkinson’s for nearly 20 years, and his journey is what drive’s Emily’s support and commitment to the local organization.
Kali Mullen is a Complex Property Broker at Willis Towers Watson, a global risk management insurance brokerage firm. Kali graduated from Robert Morris University with a B.S.B.A. in marketing in 2009 and was a Division I athlete for the University.
Kali’s personal experience with Parkinson’s Disease deals with her grandma, Mary Alice and the impact it’s had on her entire family since being diagnosed 10 years ago. Watching this disease progress motivates her to raise awareness and promote the resources provided by the PFWPA.
Nicolina DiNardi works for a medical device company as a technical support specialist for implantable cardiac devices. She graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in biomedical engineering and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Nicolina grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, however, she recently discovered the PFWPA in the last few years when her mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. After seeing the wonderful impact the PFWPA was making in her Mom’s life, Nicolina became more involved with the foundation through the annual walk, support groups, and fundraising through the Pittsburgh Marathon. Joining the Young Leadership Group is an exciting opportunity for her to continue to support the PFWPA and the PD community.
Shannon Mincemoyer is an employee benefits and executive compensation lawyer at Reed Smith. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State and her law degree from Northwestern. Shannon recently became involved with the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania after a family member was diagnosed with Parkinsonism. She is passionate about serving the Parkinson’s community and excited about developing the Young Leadership Group.
Laura Teschke is the team leader on the amputee and orthopedic unit at HealthSouth Harmarville. She is a Chatham University graduate with a doctorate in physical therapy. Since then, Laura has been treating geriatric individuals in the neurological and amputee populations. At HealthSouth Harmarville, Laura is involved in the Hip Fracture Committee, The Amputee Committee, and the Diabetic Committee. Laura has an interest in working with people with Parkinson’s disease. Laura has been trained in LSVT BIG, Delay the Disease, and PWR!Moves programs. In the community, Laura is the coordinator for HealthSouth’s community exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease and is one of the PWR!Moves instructors. Laura is a member of both the Chatham University Physical Therapy Alumni Panel and the Parkinson’s Foundation of Western Pennsylvania Young Leaders Program. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association.