About Us

Our mission: to help people living with Parkinson’s to live well today.

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Davis Phinney – Founder, Board Vice-Chair
Davis Phinney’s background spans a highly successful professional cycling career (including numerous victories and an Olympic medal), and subsequent careers as a national network broadcaster and sports marketer. Diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s in 2000, he refused to give in to the disease and set his sights on living well today, rather than waiting for a cure. His tenacity coupled with his infectious positive attitude and dedication to exercise and overall wellness laid the groundwork for the Davis Phinney Foundation, which he founded to help to inspire and inform those living with Parkinson’s. Meet Davis.

Kara Beasley, DO – Board Chair
Dr. Kara Beasley is a neurosurgeon with Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA). She completed a dual degree in medicine with a MA in Biomedical Ethics at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ and is one of only a few dually credentialed neurosurgeon bioethicists in the world. She completed a general neurosurgery residency at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Before joining BNA, Dr. Beasley also completed fellowships in Stereotactic Radiosurgery at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ, and Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Beasley decided to dedicate her career in part to the surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease after meeting Parkinson’s patients and learning about deep brain stimulation during her training. Upon moving to Boulder, Dr. Beasley began working with the Davis Phinney Foundation to support community outreach and education and has spoken at The Victory Summit symposia.

Connie Carpenter Phinney
Connie is an entrepreneur, author, artist, life-long athlete and is extremely passionate about her work as a Board member of the Davis Phinney Foundation. Connie particularly enjoys sharing her experiences via the written word and she is an eloquent and humorous public speaker. She has two adult children, Taylor and Kelsey, with her husband Davis Phinney.


Stephen Chase – Treasurer
Stephen Chase is a Managing Director at PCCP, LLC., a private equity real estate firm. He is responsible for global investor relations and capital formation. Prior to PCCP, he worked at Lazard Frères, where he advised private equity real estate managers in fund formation and institutional capital markets. He received a BA from Yale University, and resides in Connecticut with his wife and three daughters. He was introduced to the Parkinson’s world when his father was diagnosed with the disease fifteen years ago and has seen firsthand how an active lifestyle, a devoted caregiver, a commitment to living well, and ten grandchildren can mitigate the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Stephen is a lover of all things outdoors and easily inspired by the many victories, small and large, that he sees from those with PD.


mfordMatthew Ford, PT, PhD – Secretary

Matthew Ford is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Sciences at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He holds a BS in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University, a MA and in Motor Learning from Teachers College, Columbia University and a PhD in Motor Behavior from Pennsylvania State University. He previously held faculty positions in the Departments of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Saint Francis University. He has spent the past 10 years working with persons with Parkinson’s in both a research and service capacity in collaboration with the Department of Neurology – UAB, Center for Exercise Medicine – UAB, Lakeshore Foundation, Neuromuscular Rehab and Balance Center at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, the Parkinson’s Association of Alabama and the Davis Phinney Foundation. Matt is a regular speaker at The Victory Summit symposia on the subject of “exercising for the rest of your life” and is featured on the Foundation’s “Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials” DVD.  He resides in Alabama with his wife, Kim, and their sons, Dylan and Jack.

Anders Hyde – Secretary
Anders Hyde is senior energy analyst at Shell Trading based in Calgary, AB. In this role, he provides western U.S. and Canadian energy market analysis to the trading desk in support of Shell’s various businesses. His previous experience in the energy industry includes positions as a management consultant at PA Consulting, and as the lead western U.S. analyst at Bentek Energy, both based in Denver. Prior to that, he spent several years as a commodities analyst with Lehman Brothers in New York. Anders holds a bachelor’s degree in Languages from Dartmouth College. His involvement with the Parkinson’s community began after his father’s diagnosis led him and his family on a search for information and resources. This journey ultimately led to the Davis Phinney Foundation, and he is thrilled that he now has the opportunity to help share the Foundation’s mission of inspiration and information with others. In addition to his work with the DPF, Anders has twice run the New York Marathon for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and looks forward to the ski days with his dad each winter.

Kevin KwokKevin Kwok
Kevin brings deep experience as a biopharmaceutical executive to the board of directors. Today, he is the head of talent and strategy at Theravance Biopharma in the Bay Area. Previously, he was a partner at a leading executive recruiting firm, where he led the North American Life Science practice. Kevin earned his doctorate degree in clinical pharmacy from the University of Michigan. An avid lifelong wannabe athlete, Kevin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in in his late 40’s. He has taken control of his Parkinson’s with bold irreverence, optimism and biting humor. As a self-proclaimed amateur “PD satirist”,  he has been a speaker and patient advocate for several foundations and has been featured on national news programs and webcasts, speaking about living a high-impact life, thanks to traditional therapies and a “zen-aggressive lifestyle.” He is happiest cycling, on a yoga mat, or in his boxing gym, but finds greatest inspiration is skiing with his wife and 3 children in Colorado.

Mike RileyMike Riley
Since June 2005, Mike Riley has been Vice President of Sales and Regional Network for the HCA/HealthONE Continental Division. He oversees the Sales and Regional functions for the Continental Division. He is responsible for implementing the division’s sales strategy, which includes physician, employer and Occupational Medicine components. Previously he has served as a hospital Chief Development Officer and Regional Vice President, developing similar programs designed to meet the needs of various constituent groups.  Past roles have included strategic planning, physician recruitment, marketing, geriatrics and practice management.  Mike has been with HCA since 1999.  He has been in the healthcare industry since 1980. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and received his MBA at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. Mike is married and has two grown children.

Glen Sibley
Glen Sibley is President of Fleisher Smyth Brokaw, a real estate development firm headquartered in Denver. His background includes experience in commercial real estate development, acquisition and finance. He founded Confluence Partners, an environmental insurance firm. Glen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006 and met Davis Phinney in 2009. He lives the Foundation’s mission every day by continuing to ski, play tennis, fly fish and ride his bicycle. Currently, he also serves as a Director of the Porter Hospital Foundation. Formerly, he served as a director of Colorado Public Radio, The Greater Denver Corporation, the Denver (Olympic) Games Committee, founding Co-Chairman of Denver’s World Trade Center, as President of the Historic Paramount Foundation and Chair of the Urban Mixed Use Development Council/Urban Land Institute. Glen holds an MBA (University of Denver) and degrees in Business and Economics (University of Puget Sound).

Jonathan Thorne – Treasurer
Jonathan is President and CEO of Edgeport Surgical, a medical products venture based in Colorado. Prior to Edgeport, Jonathan founded Silverglide Surgical Technologies in 1999. He was President and CEO of Silverglide Surgical until its acquisition by Stryker Corporation in 2006. Silverglide is a medical device company specializing in neurosurgery products. Jonathan received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Wyoming in 1983 and an MBA from The University of Denver in 1994. He grew up with a family member who had Parkinson’s, who was able to live well through daily exercise and positive attitude. Jonathan spends his free time exploring the outdoors of Wyoming and Colorado. He lives with his wife and two children in Boulder.