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Foundation Leadership

Executive Leadership

Deborah W. Brooks

Deborah W. Brooks

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Deborah W. Brooks is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF). Ms. Brooks launched MJFF with Michael J. Fox in 2000 and served as founding CEO until 2007. Since then, she served as Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, overseeing the fundraising and marketing functions of the organization. Ms. Brooks stepped back into the role of CEO in May 2021 to lead the Foundation to an even stronger and more influential position in the Parkinson’s community.
Todd Sherer, PhD

Todd Sherer, PhD

Executive Vice President

Research Strategy

Todd Sherer, PhD, is Executive Vice President, Research Strategy of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF). Formally trained as a neuroscientist, he is deeply focused on the organization's research strategy, charting a course for the coming era of Parkinson’s discovery and drug development. Todd’s role includes contributing to key research initiatives such as MJFF’s relaunched landmark clinical study, the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, and collaborating with MJFF’s ever-increasing roster of partners in biopharma and government. Dr. Sherer served as the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer for 10 years, from May 2011 to May 2021.
Sohini Chowdhury, Deputy CEO

Sohini Chowdhury

Deputy CEO

Head of Research

Sohini joined The Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2005. As Deputy CEO, Head of Research, Sohini oversees the Research Programs, Research Cohorts, Research Partnerships and Policy teams, and works closely with the Foundation's executive leadership and Board of Directors in building the organization’s capacity as an unprecedented stakeholder in drug development — a nimble, resourceful, patient-focused problem-solver whose efforts are demonstrably accelerating progress toward treatment breakthroughs and a cure. Sohini was elevated to Deputy CEO in 2017 and expanded her responsibilities as Head of Research, steering the Foundation’s grant funding and research programs in 2021.
Brian Fiske, Research Programs Senior Vice President.

Brian Fiske, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Research Programs

Brian joined the Foundation in 2004. As Chief Scientific Officer, Brian works with a team of professionals who stay closely linked to the Parkinson's community in order to develop an aggressive and innovative strategic vision for accelerating research and drug development for Parkinson's disease. This ensures that MJFF priorities reflect and best serve the ultimate needs of patients.
Will Fowler, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Finance & Operations.

Will Fowler

Chief Financial Officer

Strategy, Finance & Operations

Will Fowler joined The Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2018 and leads the Finance, Strategy, Information Technology, and Facilities teams.
Mark Frasier, Research Programs Senior Vice President.

Mark Frasier, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Research Programs

Mark Frasier joined the Foundation in 2006. As Chief Scientific Officer, Mark co-manages a team of research professionals who stay closely linked to the Parkinson's research community in order to develop an aggressive and innovative agenda for accelerating research and drug development for Parkinson's disease. This ensures that MJFF research priorities reflect and best serve the ultimate needs of patients.
Holly Teichholtz

Holly Teichholtz

Chief Marketing Officer

Holly Teichholtz (formerly Barkhymer) oversees the Foundation's efforts to tell the story of how it is tangibly speeding progress toward a cure for Parkinson's disease.
Jim

Jim McNasby

Chief People Officer & General Counsel

Human Resources

Jim McNasby started with the Foundation on April 1st, 2020. His objective is to develop and execute human resource strategy in support of the MJFF business plan and strategic direction. He also focuses on optimizing MJFF’s people- and culture-centered activities, including hiring, training, professional development and performance management. He also provides legal and compliance advice to the Foundation and its senior leadership.
Michele B. Golombuski

Michele B. Golombuski

Chief Development Officer

Development

Michele B. Golombuski joined The Michael J. Fox Foundation in April 2011. As Chief Development Officer, Michele oversees Advancement, Team Fox – the Foundation’s grassroots fundraising arm, Community Events, Special Events, Individual and Leadership Giving.
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