ABOUT US

Our Team
Mailing Address
PDSGMHV
P.O. Box 304
LaGrangeville, NY 12540
Phone:914-475-2793
Nancy Redkey – Chair

An experienced teacher, writer, and administrator, Nancy has dedicated her career to health and education. She has taught all ages from pre-school through adults in both the public and private sectors. The author of language arts textbooks and articles, she has worked for several national publishing companies. Her administrative experience includes work in development, public relations, and publicity for a private school and, for the last 30 years, at Montefiore Medical Center.

Nancy became intimately involved with the local and national Parkinson’s organizations as the outgrowth of her role as the care partner for her late husband, during his journey with Parkinson’s. In 2010, on the death of the group’s founder, she became the first volunteer chair of the newly created Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley. She has continued in this role as a way to give back for the support she and her husband received and a way to honor his memory and example.

On the national level, Nancy was one of the first group selected for the inaugural National Volunteer Leadership Summit of the Parkinson’s Foundation.

The following year, she moderated the same two-day event and later became co-chair of the third Summit, along with additional volunteer work for the Foundation over subsequent years.

A graduate of Middlebury College with a BA in English literature (including a year at Madras University, India), Nancy has done post graduate work in writing, development, linguistics, health, and administration. Aside from family and friends, Nancy enjoys reading, travel, tai chi/qigong, horses (dressage), and daily hikes with her dog.

John Cox – Vice Chair of Corporate Relations
John Cox is The Vice Chair of Corporate Affairs for The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley. John retired in 2023 after serving the public for more than 34 years as a Paramedic Firefighter and a Forensic Investigator. At the age of 46 he was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. In addition to his work with the support group, John is a volunteer Ambassador with the Parkinson’s Foundation and is currently The Northeast Regional Advisor and NY/NJ Hospital Care Lead. John lives in Poughkeepsie with his wife, Annie, and together they have three children. “I strongly believe that education and advocacy should be a priority in fighting this disease, and I encourage those that are newly diagnosed to understand that a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease is not life ending, but it is life altering. If you are willing to adapt and find new ways, you can accomplish many of the same tasks you did prior to your diagnosis”.
Julie Fineman, PT EdD – Vice Chair of Community Affairs
Julie is a physical therapist who specializes in rehabilitation for individuals with neurologic disorders, especially people with Parkinson’s disease.
She has completed Allied Team Training and Physical Therapy Faculty Training through the Parkinson Foundation. She is currently the Director of Clinical Education and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Marist College in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program She believes that training the next generation of physical therapists is the best way to improve care for people with Parkinson’s disease. Julie and her students are always involved in our support group events.
Anne Olin, Med, BC-DMT, NCC, NYS-LCAT – Dance/Movement Therapist
Anne Olin began her Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) work with person with Parkinson’s (PWP) in 2000, with the Poughkeepsie-based Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley (PDSGMHV). In 2010 she became a volunteer Board member of the PDSGMHV. Additionally, she was care partner of a PWP for fourteen years.

Anne’s professional life began as a member of the New York City Ballet Company during the George Balanchine years. Her career as a DMT practitioner began at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital in NYC in the late 60s with many different populations over the years, but her focus on working with PWP emerged in 2000 and the fascination and education it has provided has continued ever since.

In addition to her DMT Board Certification, Anne is a National Board-Certified Counselor (NBCC), a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), and a Certified Body-Mind Centering Practitioner. Body-Mind Centering is a four-year Somatic Movement Program including Experiential Anatomy and Development Movement from conception to adulthood.

Dance/Movement Therapy addresses the premise that the body and mind are inextricably connected and, working with one, effects the other. As a modality, it provides a dynamic way to bring movement to PWP. Groups provide support, interaction, challenge, and fun, as well as a safe way to express feelings. In Anne’s classes, the special needs of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) are addressed in the group and all are encouraged to participate
at their own level of comfort and confidence. She encourages care partners and family members to join in this shared experience as well.

Anne’s leisure activities include traveling to Cajun, Zydeco and Swing dances whenever available.

Mailing Address – PDSGMHV, P.O. Box 304, LaGrangeville, NY 12540 * Phone: 914-475-2793