Neuro Challenge Foundation Staff

Robyn Faucy-Washington, MS Management

Organization and Leadership Effectiveness

Chief Executive Officer

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Robyn Faucy-Washington is honored to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's. Neuro Challenge is dedicated to providing education, support and information to persons affected by Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. Robyn has held leadership roles with American Cancer Society, Sylvan Learning Centers, and most recently the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

Robyn comes to the organization with an impressive mix of academics, leadership and organizational leadership that includes fundraising, capacity-building, and synergistic partnership development. She is a member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Leadership Sarasota program. Outside of work Robyn enjoys being near the water, living an active lifestyle and spending time with her loved ones. Her greatest accomplishment and pride and joy is her son Armando who is, in her words, her athletic scholar.

Mary Jo Heider

Development Director

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Mary Jo brings a passion for nonprofit service and decades of fundraising experience to the Neuro Challenge Foundation as the organization's first Development Director.

Drawing on her years as a nonprofit leader, Mary Jo connects The Foundation to community members and corporate philanthropists who will invest in and support our mission, making progress and lasting change for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

Prior to joining the Neuro Challenge Foundation, Mary Jo held local and national senior development positions with The Circus Arts Conservatory, Children’s Miracle Network, Freeman Healthcare Foundation, The National Association of Manufacturers and The Metropolitan Economic Development Association.

She attended Florida State University and Missouri Southern State University, is an alumna of Leadership Minneapolis, a member of The Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves as an Advisory Board member for The Life of Riley Foundation. She is the mother of two college students, enjoys travelling with her family and recently discovered a new passion for growing orchids.

Kristen Lessig-Schenerlein

Program Director

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Kristen’s determination, perseverance, and commitment to improve the communities in which she lives drive her work every day and will serve as the foundation in her role as Program Director for Neuro Challenge Foundation.

With more than 14 years of not-for-profit management experience and community engagement in the health and human services industry. Kristen brings superior knowledge of partnership development, staff and volunteer leadership and financial management to the foundation.

Kristen received her bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports management with a minor in psychology and a therapeutic recreation concretion from Virginia Commonwealth University where she later taught Nonprofit Management as a member of their adjunct faculty in the sports leadership graduate program. She has earned certificates in nonprofit management and as an emerging nonprofit leader, while also being an alumni of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Leadership Manatee Program 2017-2018.

Kristen is excited to reconnect with her passion in working with special populations and will aim to continue to inspire the Parkinson’s community to overcome their daily challenges and enhance their quality of life through best in class programming and services.

When not busy making a difference in the lives of those she serves through her work in the nonprofit community, Kristen is spending time reading, cooking, running, taking a yoga class, or enjoying the beach with her family.

Traci Willingham

Marketing and Communications Manager

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Traci joined the Neuro Challenge Foundation team in 2018 as the Office Manager and was recently promoted to Marketing and Communications Manager. She believes in our mission and exemplifies the spirit of Neuro Challenge by supporting those through their journey with Parkinson's. She is excited to to share the programs and services provided to the local Parkinson's community and beyond.

Traci is a Sarasota native and has chosen to raise her family here as well. In her spare time, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband and children and taking family vacations to the mountains. 

Kimberly Donaghy

Office Manager

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Kimberly joined the Neuro Challenge Foundation team in July 2020 as the new Office Manager. Kimberly brings over 15 years of experience in Office Management. She assists in the implementation of office procedures and looks forward to supporting the Parkinson’s community and caregivers.

Kim was born and raised in the Quad Cities, Iowa and moved to Sarasota, Florida in 2005. She enjoys spending time with her four daughters, her dog Zoey and loves the beach. She is currently learning to sail and enjoys all water sports.

Chelsea Dooley

Senior Care Advisor

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Chelsea joined the Neuro Challenge Foundation in 2019 as Care Advisor for south Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Chelsea received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. She brings with her several years of experience working with seniors and caregivers in our community. Prior to her appointment as Care Advisor, Chelsea spent several years as a Long Term Care Case Manager for a nation wide insurance company and as a Resident Relations Coordinator for a family owned assisted living facility.

As a native of Sarasota, Chelsea is excited to bring her talents and experience to this amazing organization. In her spare time Chelsea enjoys volunteering with Tidewell Hospice, camping, family trips to Disney World and spending time with her husband, daughter and extended family.

Ellen Schaller

Care Advisor

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Prior to joining Neuro Challenge as a Care Advisor, Ellen’s spent over thirty years as a physical therapist. She began her career at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and most recently, managed the rehabilitation services department at a life care community outside Chicago.

Ellen’s career has been dedicated to gerontology and helping others achieve wellness through her positive can do attitude.

In her spare time, Ellen plays in the handbell choir and enjoys tap dancing. She is also a Deacon and Stephen Ministry Leader at her church.

Stacey Carlin

Care Advisor

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Stacey is the newest member of the Neuro Challenge Foundation team joining us in August 2020 as the new Care Advisor. Stacey has dedicated both her professional and educational endeavors to help improve the quality of life for people as they age.

Stacey earned an MBA with a concentration in Health Care Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Studies. She has worked in various capacities in the field of long term care and was a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Ohio. Stacey has worked with both for-profit and non-profit continuing care retirement communities, where she managed everything from the daily administration of the facilities to marketing and developing new programs. Stacey has worked to enhance activities in memory impaired units by incorporating Montessori Methods and developed strategies for caregivers to utilize with family members with cognitive impairments. She has a strong interest in bringing different generations together through intergenerational programming to enhance the sharing of skills and knowledge between the old and young.

In her spare time, Stacey enjoys staying active with her family and spending time at the beach. She helps to lead a morning bootcamp workout near her home.

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COVID-19 Update:

The health and safety of our Parkinson’s community is our number one priority. Until further notice, Neuro Challenge's programs and services are being offered virtually.

Neuro Challenge's goal is to educate, engage and empower the Parkinson’s community. During these uncertain times we find it most important to provide information and resources that address COVID-19 and Parkinson’s Disease. Please visit our Covid-19 and PD page for more information. 

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