We are a community dedicated to supporting the physical, cognitive and emotional health of people with PD and their loved ones.

PD Active is a non-profit organization by and for people with Parkinson’s disease in Berkeley, Oakland, and the East Bay. It was founded by a small group of men and women with Parkinson’s a decade ago and has extended its work to a broader community by providing activities and programs to a growing population affected by PD.

  • Fostering independence and dignity
  • Energizing each other to stay informed, engaged, and ACTIVE

PD Active Board of Directors

Mary Pat Boersma; Board Member
Monique Buffler; Board Member
Suzanne Calpestri; Board Secretary
Judi Ettlinger; Board President
Norm Frankel; Board Treasurer
Judith Lubman; Board Member, Development Committee Chair
Todd Morrish; Board Member, Events Committee Chair
Chad Zucker; Board Member

The Board of Directors operates as unpaid volunteers.


Jen Roitman, Operations & Development Director

Jen is an experienced administrator and has managed non-profits, membership organizations, unions and political campaigns. She is also a meditation teacher, End of Life Doula and volunteer chaplain. When she’s not at PD Active, she volunteers to raise puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. She joined PD Active in May 2021.

She can be reached at administrator@pdactive.org.

Cathy Ball, Program Director

Cathy comes to us with a M.A. in Education and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). She has worked with individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds in Florida, Japan and the Bay Area.
Cathy joined PD Active in March of 2020.

She can be reached at programdirector@pdactive.org.