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 | Vice President
Ted Capistrant currently serves as the vice president 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.
Kent Eklund | President
Kent currently serves as NPFM’s presient. He brings to the NPFM board a broad range of senior management skills and experience. His background allows him to work comfortably with public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. Kent provides leadership support services focusing on strategic planning, leadership search support services, interim leadership, board development, and confidential leadership counsel. His prior experience was with Cincinnatus where all consultants have served in board, management, finance, philanthropy, and operational positions in for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations. Prior to Cincinnatus, Kent was President of CEO+ a Minneapolis-based consulting firm assisting in business transitions, executive searches, and providing interim management at the executive level. He has also served as President and CEO of Parkside Senior Services, President and CEO of Ebenezer Society, and Vice President of Market Development with Lutheran Brotherhood, as a full time consultant as the President of the Fairview Foundation, Mayor of Northfield, and Political Science Department Chair at St. Olaf, commissioner of two departments under Minnesota Gov. Quie. Kent holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Political Science with specializations in planning and organizational theory. He currently serves as the Past Chair of the board of directors of Courage Center, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee at the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, and a member of the Sunrise Banks Strategic Advisory Board
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.
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.
Alice Johnson is the chief financial officer at Opportunity Partners. She has a strong background in financial and business strategy in both the nonprofit and health care sectors. Previously, she served as CFO for Courage Center, chief financial officer for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, a consultant with TRG Healthcare, and system director for Budgeting, physician services and contracting for HealthEast Care System. A Minneapolis resident, Alice has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in history from Macalester College. In addition to her leadership with the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota, Alice serves as acting treasurer and finance chair for the Friends School of Minnesota. Her father-in-law lives with Parkinson’s disease.
Ellie Garrett | Secretary
Eileen Smith | Past President
Eileen Smith is past president of NPFM and has volunteered with the organization for 10 years, both as a board member and committee volunteer. She has worked in communications and media relations for more than 25 years and was part of the team that created the new NPFM website and has worked to increase NPFM’s outreach through social media. Her aunt lived with Parkinson’s disease. Eileen is the communications director for the Minnesota Council of Health Plans and also serves in leadership roles in other nonprofits including Hearts and Hands Respite.
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