Our Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization whose members are community leaders with experience in supporting family members or friends living with Parkinson’s disease. Board members are all are volunteers who work daily to support the organization’s mission and inspire others to participate.
Paul Blom | Emeritus Board Chair
Paul Blom has been designated an emeritus board chair for NPFM. He was also recently named to the board of directors for the National Parkinson Foundation. In addition to his leadership with NPFM, he serves as a support group facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association, treasurer of the Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association and the annual Fall Aging Conference, and serves on the boards of the National Private Duty Home Care Association Minnesota Chapter, Training to Serve and Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus. Paul is co-owner of Right at Home – In Home Care & Assistance in Bloomington. 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 received the top raking in the 2012 Star Tribune Top Workplaces in Minnesota.
Ted Capistrant | Board Chair
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 | 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.
Ellie Garrett | Secretary
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.
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.
Rosemary Wichmann | Struthers COE Representative