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
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.
Bill Bell is currently a nonprofit and for profit business consultant with Acacia Group. Bill most recently spent 12 years as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. Bill’s mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 28 years ago at the age of 44. In 1998, frustrated with the lack of specialty care and education in the Seattle area, Bill teamed up with a former business associate, Craig Howard, to build a comprehensive care center for Parkinson’s and movement disorders. The doors to the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center were first opened July 2000 as a national model for the care of people with Parkinson’s disease. Prior to his work with the NWPF, Bill worked in developing and manufacturing survival equipment for the U.S. Air Force, worked in the satellite communications industry (TCI, Netlink, Satellite-One) and managed political campaigns in Washington State. Bill lives in Seattle with wife Margo and their son, Jake.
Connie Carpenter Phinney
Connie Carpenter Phinney is the 1984 Olympic Champion for the women’s individual road race. She also was a member of the Winter Olympic Team for Speed Skating. She was a national champion in cycling, crew and speed skating. Connie has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Colorado and did her undergraduate work at the University of California – Berkeley. Her primary focus is her family, but she is also the organizer of Carpenter/Phinney Bike Camps, founded in 1986. She enjoys sharing her experiences via the written word and as an eloquent and humorous public speaker. She has two children with her husband Davis Phinney, Taylor and Kelsey. Her passions include cycling, Nordic skiing, and watercolor painting. As a board member of the Davis Phinney Foundation, Connie helps to inform and create awareness that will help others in the PD community, especially care partners.
Stephen Chase - Board Chair
Stephen Chase is a Director at Lazard Frères, where he advises private equity real estate managers in fund formation and institutional capital markets. He works closely with foundations, endowments, pension funds, and family offices in assessing portfolio needs and possible investments in private funds. Prior to Lazard, Stephen worked for over ten years in institutional equity sales in New York and Minneapolis. 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 more than ten years ago and has seen firsthand how an active lifestyle, a devoted caregiver, and a healthy dose of babysitting can mitigate the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Stephen is a lover of all things outdoors and an avid skier, cyclist, and soccer coach.
Carin M. Cutler
Carin Cutler is a partner with Gross Hartman LLC in Boulder, Colorado and specializes in corporate and securities law. Carin represents public and private companies and investors in a full range of corporate transactions, including equity and debt financings, M&A transactions, disclosure and reporting requirements, corporate governance and general corporate law matters. Prior to joining Gross Hartman, Carin was a partner at Hogan Lovells, a large, international law firm where she practiced for more than ten years. Carin is an avid cyclist, nordic and downhill skier.
Matthew Ford, PT, PhD 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.
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 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 and remains Managing Principal of 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 Denver Civic Ventures. Formerly, he served as a director of Colorado Public Radio, The Greater Denver Corporation, the Denver (Olympic) Games Committee, 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/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.