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Neuro Challenge Foundation Staff

Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s team is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

Jennifer Bitner

Jennifer Bitner

Chief Executive Officer

jenniferb@neurochallenge.org

Jennifer joined Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s in January 2024 as Chief Executive Officer. Jennifer is an innovative and influential leader with 24 years’ experience. She looks forward to collaborating with community leaders and partners to drive impact and lasting change in the communities served.   

Jennifer’s nonprofit industry experience includes having worked with the March of Dimes and Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  In 2017 she took the helm at Pensacola Humane Society and spent the next five years working in animal welfare.  She was a graduate of the prestigious Best Friends Animal Society’s Executive Leadership Class in 2020 and served on the board of directors for the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations.   

Jennifer will be focused on the vision and mission of the organization.  She will oversee fundraising events, partnership development, advocacy and awareness campaigns and support a committed team to achieve mission related results for the people with Parkinson’s and their Care Partners.

April Spagnuolo-Moschini

Program Director

April is a visionary leader, known for her creative innovations which inspire programs that encourage Full Life Engagement. Specifically, she is credited with creating a Multi-Sensory room with experiences benefiting people with Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Vision Impairment, MS, Down Syndrome, Autism, and more. 

April has several years of experience as a Certified Activity Director in Long Term Care Settings. Her dedication to best practices and customer service resulted in the pursuit of an Assisted Living Administrator’s License.

April’s commitment to non-profits allowed her to focus on writing and administering grants, while developing programs that improve the Quality of Life for seniors or people with disabilities. April received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education and began her career as a High School Teacher. She continues to be driven by the love of learning, discovery, and motivating others.

In her “me” time, April enjoys time with family, gardening, kayaking, and creating art.

Traci Willingham

Marketing and Communications Manager

Traci is a valued member of the Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s team, having joined in 2018. She has more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, specializing in event planning, fundraising and operations.

Traci is dedicated to serving the Parkinson’s community and spreading awareness about the programs and services offered.

Traci was born and raised in Sarasota and loves living there with her family. She likes to spend her free time with her husband and children and go on family trips to the mountains.

Donita Pace

Office Manager

Donita spent 20+ years in higher education running residence halls. She helped build $30 million worth of new dorms here in Sarasota.She has lived all over the country working with college students at Wright State, Oberlin College, Northwest Missouri State, New Mexico State, and New College of Florida. 

Donita has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up there, her parents and two sisters still live in that area.

Donita has been in Sarasota for 17 years and loves the Florida LIfestyle such as beaches, sunsets, flamingos, shells, and still enjoys being a tourist in her new hometown. Most recently she was with Meals On Wheels of Sarasota.

Diane Conti

Care Advisor

Diane joined the Neuro Challenge Foundation Team as a Care Advisor in August 2021. 

Diane has an extensive background working with nonprofit agencies in Illinois and Florida. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and is dedicated to helping individuals and their families through their journey with neurologic conditions.

Diane’s passion for serving the neuro challenged community was fueled by personal experience with her father-in-law’s traumatic brain injury and her work with medical clinics. Diane understands the important role that community resources, education, and support systems play for people with Parkinson’s Disease, as well as their care partners. She enjoys empowering others to achieve their goals.

Diane loves spending time with family and friends, sunsets, traveling, and a good book.

Leslie

Leslie LeBlanc

Care Advisor

Leslie has lived in Sarasota for over 40 years. She is very familiar with the Sarasota / Bradenton community. She has personal experience with Parkinson’s as her grandfather was diagnosed with it in his late 50s and lived with it over 20+ years, long before they knew the benefits of movement & exercise.


Leslie is an avid sports enthusiast, participating in tennis, running, golf and rowing. She became certified as a Group Fitness Instructor in 2012, receiving a number of specialty certifications through ACE and NASM, including Certified Personal Trainer, Senior Fitness Specialist, Certified Rock Steady Boxing Instructor, and RYT-200 Yoga Certification, and PWR! Moves Certified Instructor. Leslie has worked with all ages and fitness levels, including PWP for the last 6 years. She most recently was the Owner/Coach of BMoFit / Rock Steady Boxing SRQ.


Leslie continues to teach Rock Steady Classes in the community and looks forward to also supporting our Parkinson’s Community and their families by offering community resources, support

The staff at Neuro Challenge Foundation are here to support you on your journey with Parkinson’s.