Our Board of Directors is comprised of members who lead their communities and have extensive experience supporting family members or friends living with Parkinson’s disease. Board members participate on a volunteer basis and work daily to support the organization’s mission and inspire others to participate.
Ted Capistrant | President
Ted Capistrant currently serves as the Chair of the board. His company specializes in strategic transition and succession planning for closely held businesses. His business model implements successor leadership by customized accountability programs, professional team coordination and project management. In 2005, Ted founded the Profit Builder Network business model on a foundation of over twenty years of business operations and senior management experience at Marsden Building Maintenance and Minnesota Life. Ted developed a comprehensive business model for transition and succession emphasizing people, processes and priorities by driving results through systematically installing cultures of improved communication, accountability and personal development. Ted is involved with a number of associations such as Minneapolis University Rotary, Builders Exchanges of St. Paul and Minneapolis, The Exit Planning Institute and Associated Builders and Contractors of Minnesota. Ted received his bachelor’s degree in communications and business administration from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and earned his CEPA (Certified Exit Planning Advisor) designation from the Exit Planning Institute in 2008. He brings a wealth of board experience and a passion for the Parkinson’s community to NPFM.
Steve Erchul | Board Treasurer
Steve Erchul is the managing partner and CPA with Smith, Schafer and Associates. He received his Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration from North Dakota State University and his Master of Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. In addition to providing pro bono treasuring and accounting services for NPFM, Smith, Schafer and Associates has supported the NPFM golf tournament for many years. He has been NPFM’s treasurer since Fall 2009.
Paul Blom | Interim CEO NPF
After serving the organization as Chair for 10 years, Paul Blom has been designated an emeritus board chair for NPFM. Paul currently serves as the NPF Chapter Advisory Council Chair and was recently named to the board of directors for the National Parkinson Foundation. A strong advocate for the Parkinson’s community, he has served as a member of the Community Advisory Board for Struthers Parkinson’s Center, an NPF Center of Excellence. Paul and his husband, Bob White, are the owners of the Right at Home franchise in Bloomington, MN, and were instrumental in helping to secure the Right at Home franchise’s national sponsorship of Moving Day®, NPF’s signature fundraising walk. Under Paul’s leadership, Right at Home has been awarded the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award, the 2012 Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s Diversity in Business Award and has been named in the Top 3 Mid-sized Companies for 5 consecutive years in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces in Minnesota. Additionally, Mr. Blom serves as Vice-Chair of Training to Serve, a Minnesota non-profit that provides training for senior service providers regarding the unique needs and barriers of the aging LGBT community. He also serves on the boards of Avenues for Homeless Youth and the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, and he is Treasurer of the Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association.
Matthew Hanzlik is a consultant in the consumer and market research group of Nielsen. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He brings a background in communications and grassroots advocacy as well as a personal connection to Parkinson’s disease to NPFM. Matt’s mother, Sharon, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006. Since then, Matt has served as a National Advocacy and Government Affairs Chair for the Student Society for Stem Cell Research and volunteers as the Assistance State Director for Parkinson’s action Network (PAN) in Minnesota. Matt is a recipient of PAN’s Louis Fishman Award for Outstanding Advocacy, the Paul M. Silverstein Community Service Award from Struthers Parkinson’s Center and is an inductee in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul magazine Volunteer Hall of Fame for his service to the Parkinson’s community. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Peter a shareholder for Maser, Amundson, Boggio & Hendricks, P.A., and is known for his representation of clients in estate planning, probate and trust administration, supplemental and special needs trusts and elder law.
Peter works with a wide variety of clients, from modest to sophisticated estate planning needs, as well as couples and individuals developing and implementing a personal estate plan to distribute assets appropriately and to minimize taxes and post-death administrative expenses. He enjoys working with individual clients and realizes they are often faced with immediate concerns.
He earned his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2004 after earning his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine in 1994. Peter has served as a law clerk with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis—Senior Law Project and the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
Mel Mitchell is the chief consultant of MLM Consulting. He has been involved in one aspect or another of human growth and development for over thirty-five years. Early in his career, Mel worked with the Department of Defense to update and conduct its management training curriculum. He also worked as a chemical dependency counselor and was a co-implementer of the DOD’s first employee assistance program.
He has developed continuing medical education programs for the Veteran’s Administration and managed the employee development function for the Software Division of Cray Research. In his early years at Norwest, Mel was the primary architect of the company’s initial diversity training programs for managers. He was extensively involved in Norwest’s “People as a Competitive Advantage” program and was the developer of Norwest’s competency based ECHOES 360 degree feedback instrument and process. As the manager of Executive Learning and Development for Norwest, Mel’s work focused on the creation and facilitation of developmental experiences for senior managers.
After the Norwest Wells Fargo merger, Mel moved to Best Buy where he was the Director of the People and Performance Management Department. In that role he focused on the development of performance tools and processes including talent development, succession management and the strengths based approach to development.
For the past eight years Mel has worked at the University of Minnesota as the Director of Organizational Effectiveness overseeing functions including organizational development consulting, leadership development, supervisory and technical training as well as career counseling. Much of his current work focuses on leading and managing change and the human impact of transition.
Mel is a trained process consultant. He has an undergraduate degree from St Cloud
University and a Master of Education Degree with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Erik has been helping raise both money and awareness for Parkinson’s the past 10 years. His grandmother Maxine Nelson struggled with Parkinson’s and he saw firsthand how it affected her, the family and friends until her untimely passing. He hosted events throughout the year as well silent auctions to raise money in the community to help support the cause.
Erik was born and raised in Apple Valley and graduated from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management with a finance degree. He played professional hockey for 11 years with three different NHL organizations: Phoenix Coyotes, Minnesota Wild and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He finished the last five years of his career playing in the National League in Switzerland. After hockey Erik pursued his MBA at his Alma mater while working on start-up companies in sports, health care and technology, before deciding on a career in insurance and financial services with State Farm. Erik lives in Prior Lake with his wife Kelly and their three children.
Rose Wichmann PT is the manager of Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Minneapolis Minnesota, designated a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence for its comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to management of Parkinson’s and related movement disorders. She is a graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Physical Therapy, a certified LSVT BIG© clinician, completed Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery clinician training, and is currently a core faculty member of the National Parkinson Foundation’s Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s program.
Rose has co- authored several publications for National Parkinson Foundation, including “Advanced Stage Parkinson’s” and Practical Pointers for People with Parkinson’s”. In 2014, she partnered with Joan Gardner to create content for the NPF website CareMAP designed for family caregivers of people with advanced Parkinson’s disease living at home, and its companion workbook “Caring and Coping”, released in 2015. She is a contributing author to several textbooks, including “Neuromuscular Essentials: “Physical Therapy Practice Patterns”, (SLACK Inc., Publications), “Parkinson’s disease” (CRC Press), and co-author of “Navigating Life with Parkinson’s Disease”, an American Academy of Neurology patient resource book published in 2012.
In addition to her 30+ years of experience as a physical therapist, Rose is involved in several regional programs designed to improve Parkinson’s education and awareness for patients, family care partners, long term care facilities, and rural outreach areas. She is a frequent speaker, co-author of the TULIPS program (an educational toolkit for senior residential facilities currently used by the Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network), past president of Parkinson Association of Minnesota, current member of the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota Board of Directors, and a recipient of the Silverstein Community Service Award for her work to improve programs and services to the Parkinson’s community in the Upper Midwest.
Rose may be contacted at email@example.com