Staff

Our staff members and consultants do what ever it takes to beat Parkinson’s.

David B. Wheeler | Executive Director

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David B. Wheeler is NPFM executive director. David, a Duluth, Minn. native, brings to NPFM a strong background in nonprofit leadership, community engagement and public service.David Wheeler

David’s family has been personally touched by Parkinson’s disease, which provides the drive to make a real difference for those living with the illness.

Previously, David was president of Wheeler Consultants, where he worked with nonprofit organizations and churches to strengthen annual giving, conduct capital campaigns, develop strategic plans and new programming, increase outreach and raise public visibility. He served on the Duluth City Council for three and half years and was recently re-elected to Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation, where he serves as President.

In addition to 30 years of involvement with Rotary, David has organized and led tours and mission groups to the United Kingdom, Palestine/Israel and Greece, Costa Rica, Russia, and India.

Barb Green | Office Administrator, Events Coordinator

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Barb Green is the Office Administrator and Events Coordinator for the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota.  Prior to this role, Barb served on the organization’s board.  Over the years, she served as president and secretary of the board, co-chair of many events and all around historian for the organization.  She began volunteering for Parkinson’s events nearly 20 years ago after her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  In Barb’s current role, she  continues to serve as co-chair of Moving Day Twin Cities, a walk for Parkinson’s which continues to be NPFM’s largest annual fund raiser.

Rachel Buck | Communications

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Rachel brings to NPFM more than five years of professional experience in communications and public relations. Most recently, she served as the assistant director of athletic communications at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, managing communications efforts for six Division I sport programs. Buck performed the same role at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and also worked as a sports information assistant for two years at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

Her prior professional experience includes media relations, marketing and communications work, and event management for the Wisconsin State Fair.

Buck graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in marketing, and earned her master’s degree at Georgetown University. A native of Merrill, Wis., Buck lives in Minneapolis with her fiancé, Dan.