COPC Members

Sharon and Brendan Adams - Founders (Emeritus Members)

The Central Oregon Parkinson’s Council was formed in 2010 by Bend residents Sharon and Brendan Adams. Brendan’s early onset diagnosis of PD compelled Sharon and Brendan into action as they discovered there were minimal options, information and resources in central Oregon for People With Parkinson’s. Together, with a few of the Adams’ friends and fellow community members who shared the PD diagnosis, the council was formed.    The Adams’ reached out to Dr. Michael Bell, Bend Neurologist, and he agreed to become the Council’s Medical Adviser. Sharon and Brendan also reached out to PRO, Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon, based in the Portland, Oregon area. PRO’s staff immediately offered help and continues to provide expert guidance, financial resources, conferences, and a wide range of support services in central Oregon.  That same year, Sharon entered the Mrs. Oregon contest with Parkinson’s Disease as her Platform. Sharon won the state-wide contest and was instrumental in bringing awareness and support for Parkinson’s patients in Oregon. The state of Oregon and the central Oregon community will be forever grateful for Sharon and Brendan’s action and continued involvement in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease.  Brendan and Sharon now serve as Emeritus Council.The Central Oregon Parkinson’s Council is comprised of 15 volunteer positions.

Lisa Hurley - President

Lisa is the Outreach Director at Partners In Care. She has served in this role for almost 1 year. Prior to the Outreach Director position, she was the Community Relations Coordinator at Partners In Care for 7 years.  At Partners In Care, they serve many patients and families through home health, hospice, Transitions and Palliative Care. Lisa has had the privilege to work alongside clinicians and other team members serving the community living with Parkinson’s or family and friends caring for those with Parkinson’s. Learning and understanding more about the needed resources for the PD community is the reason she is dedicated to serve on the Central Oregon Parkinson’s Council. It is in pursuit of providing more resources to Central Oregon, that Lisa has accepted the position of President of the council in 2018. In this role, she hopes to continue the framework and mission of the council of identifying the needs of the PD community and advocating for more local resources to meet those needs.

Julie Burket - (Past) President

 Julie Burket started Right at Home Central Oregon in late 2009 and every year since has earned growth achievement awards through the Right at Home franchise system, now over 500 strong, domestically and internationally.  Julie earned membership in the Right at Home President’s Circle in 2015 and 2016 and continues her solid growth in the industry.  Through Julie’s ownership of Right at Home, she has become heavily involved in the local Parkinson’s Community served a 2 year term as President of the Central Oregon’s Parkinson’s Council (COPC) 2015-2017.  Julie’s true passion is her work as a Support Group Facilitator for people with Parkinson’s disease.  She served as the Bend, Oregon Support Group Facilitator since 2013, started the Redmond, Oregon Support Group in 2014.  Julie and her husband, Brad, a Physician and Dentist in Bend, have 4 children; they love the beautiful outdoors, hunting, fishing, and attending all University of Oregon Duck home games.  

Margie (Council Member) and Jim Lussier (Secretary)

Margie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2010.  They have made a family commitment to help bring additional resources to Central Oregon to address the real needs people with Parkinson’s, their family care partners and friends live each day.  Both spent their careers at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Jim serving as CEO and Board member until establishing The Lussier Center in 2006. Margie’s roles at St. Charles were in education, community relations, fundraising and marketing.

Barb Dembsky - Community Outreach

Barb graduated from the pharmacy school at the University of Wisconsin.  She has worked in all types of pharmacy from hospital to retail to long term care in Central OR. Barb has owned an infusion pharmacy for 23 years and a compounding pharmacy for 10 years. Currently she is a relief pharmacist for Cascade Custom Pharmacy in Bend.  Barbs focus is to help people with medication management and to support her friends that are diagnosed with Parkinson disease.

Jan Hildreth - Council Member

Jan retired in 2010 as an RN and Family Nurse Practitioner after almost 45 years of practice. She has resided in Bend since 1971 and was employed by Deschutes County Health Dept., St Charles, COCC, and in private practice as nurse practitioner. Jan has taken a special interest in patient education over the years. Jan’s interest in the council was triggered by her friends who have PD. Jan has two daughters and three grandchildren in Colorado. Jan loves outdoor activities.

David Mays - Website/Technical Coordinator

David moved to Bend in 2014 after spending 30 years living and working in Phoenix, AZ. He has a wife and two grown sons.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in March 2016 and has since then tried to accept and understand the diagnosis.  After meeting up with the local support group, he no longer felt alone and scared.  His desire to be on the COPC is two-fold. First,being involved with the numerous activities locally helps him personally with  Parkinson’s.  At the same time, he is able to help others in the community understand what services are available for them and help get more activities for PWP.

George Lee - Council Member

George had a 40 year career as an Law Enforcement Officer.  Twenty-four years in the US Army as a Military Police Officer/Detective and 16 years as a Police Officer for the City of Seattle, WA. He retired and moved to Bend, OR with his beautiful wife of 15 years in 2013.  George was diagnosed with Parkinson's Decease in April 2015.  After the PD diagnoses George and his wife got in involved with various activities sponsored by PD support groups.  They were able to meet new people which helped them cope and live better lives with PD.  George believes that his experience in law enforcement and in the military can be helpful in reaching a population of PD patients within the first responders and military communities.  Individuals within those professions often find it difficult to seek help.  PD patients often feel isolated, afraid and helpless and the "Supper Hero Image" given to first responders and military veterans make it hard to admit vulnerability. George is confident that he will be able to assist PD patients and their family members find needed resources. 

Kathy Drew - Council Member

Jeanne Merritt - Council Member

Jeanne has lived in Bend,

for over 20 years where she has

dedicated herself to serving seniors.

She received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Portland State University, with an emphasis in Geriatric Care. Her professional experience with seniors includes discharge planning, caregiving, 

​c​ase management and hospice social work. Jeanne is passionate about protecting the vulnerability of aging seniors, strengthening family ties, and promoting healing during hardships.

Mindy Laidlaw - Council Member

Megan Ledyard - Council Member

Dr. David Stewart - Council Member