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Jill Ater


Jill Ater

Jill was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005 at the age of 42. She had young children at the time and was running a successful staffing company in the Denver metro area. She soon discovered she carries a gene associated with Parkinson’s, LRRK2, shared with her mother and sister who are also living with Parkinson’s. “Like most, I would prefer to not have to deal with Parkinson’s,” Jill says, “but since that is not an option, the choice I do have is to live as fully as possible and make my ‘lemonade’ by helping others to keep going. It’s all about information, empowerment and an end to the isolation that often comes for those living with Parkinson’s disease.”

Now retired and living in Tacoma, Washington, Jill is fortunate to live where there are already great options for support. However, few in the beautiful Pacific Northwest are familiar with Davis Phinney Foundation and the concept of living well with Parkinson’s. “So many people living with Parkinson’s focus on what they can no longer do,” Jill explains. “I’m excited to serve as an ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation because I want to help people to focus on what they can do.” In addition to working with people with Parkinson’s, Jill is also a volunteer with the Tacoma Rainbow Center helping the LGBTQ community with career counseling and job search.

Jill and her husband are avid world travelers and are working on a blog that focuses on living and traveling internationally with Parkinson’s.

Read Jill’s Moments of Victory® submission here.

Ask Jill about:

  1. LRRK2 and family connection
  2. Young Onset Parkinson’s (YOPD) and your kids
  3. Moving and resettling into a new community when you have Parkinson’s

More Information

  • Team
  • Ambassadors
  • Location
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Expertise
  • Children & Family