Patrick Donnelly

President

Pat is currently the President of Vextster Inc.

Vextster is a cloud computing company that provides access to cost effective health care services.

He retired from National Grid after 31 years where he spent the majority of his time in Information Technology.

Pat is a current member and a past president of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a board member at Thendara Golf Club.

Pat was a high school basketball coach in Central New York for 38 years. He is a member of the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame and a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

Pat is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a B.A. in Economics. He and his wife Laureen reside in Camillus.

Patrick Donnelly
Patrick Donnelly

Gabe Yankowitz

Vice-President/Treasurer

Physical therapist in Central New York for 37 years, specializing in orthopedic treatment and rehabilitation.

Board-Certification as Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (2009)*

Certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach January 2020

Gabe Yankowitz

Joanna Jewett

Member at Large

Joanna is known as a ‘marketing goddess’ who specializes in fundraising and event planning.

After years of working in media sales, she entered the non-profit world several years ago.

She is currently (and proudly) serving as the Director of Development and Marketing for Arc of Onondaga.

Known for her keen organizational skills, uber-positive attitude, and creativity, she has built a reputation as a ‘go-to’ idea person who can conceptualize and execute.
She is a former board member of the NY State Blues Festival and Harborfest. She served as co-chair of the Marketing committee of Safe Kids of Upstate New York, led by Golisano Children’s Hospital.

She is currently a proud member of the Oswego Music Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

Joanna is also a professional vocalist with CNY bands Funkadelphia, The Mix Tapes, and the CNY Songbirds.

Joanna Jewett
Joanna Jewett

Dennis Daly, MD

Board Secretary

Dennis is a Marcellus NY native.

He is educated locally at Lemoyne College, SUNY Upstate, and St. Joseph’sHospital.

He is board-certified in Family Medicine with added qualifications in Geriatrics.

He served in the National Health Service for 4 years and is currently been in private practice in Camillus NY since 1990.

Dennis Daly
Dennis Daly

Robert Jokl

Member at Large

Robert Jokl
Robert Jokl

Julie Lombardi

Member at Large

Dr. Julie Lombardi is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist in physical therapy with a passion for working with people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) as well as those with vestibular impairments.  She has dedicated her post graduate education to learning about the most effective treatments for people with PD and or dizziness. In 2006 as a physical therapy student at Upstate Medical University she started “Smooth Moves,” a dance program for people with PD.  She is certified in RockSteady Boxing (RSB) and PD specific therapies including LSVT BIG and PWR!Moves in order to continue to provide the PD community with the most effective treatment options.

She coaches with RSB Syracuse and serves as a board member for Empower Parkinson Inc.

She has also been an active educator of the local PD community, speaking at several support groups, the “Living an Active Life with PD” annual conferences, and on Upstate’s HealthLink podcast.  

Julie Lombardi
Julie Lombardi

Mark R. Costa, Ph.D.

Member at Large

Mark Costa joined the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication an Assistant Research Professor after completing his doctoral work at Syracuse University. As the interim director of the M.I.N.D. Lab, Dr. Costa’s research focuses on the use of technology, including virtual and augmented reality, to support health and wellness interventions. Additionally, he conducts research on neurophysiological changes due to mindfulness practice. Dr. Costa has also consulted with several technology startups in the area. He resides in Cazenovia, New York, where he enjoys hiking, canoeing, and camping with his family.

Mark Costa

Empower Parkinson, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-for profit organization.