PAN Launches Honorary Council

As the Parkinson's Action Network continues to grow we look for new ways to increase outreach to our community.  To help achieve this we have created PAN's first ever Honorary Council.  These nationally known individuals serve as our ambassadors by lending us their expert advice on issues important to the Parkinson's community.  We are privileged to have this distinguished group of leaders volunteering, just like so many of you are, to help us with our important work.
 
PAN Honorary Council
 
Frank Carlucci, Chair and Member of PAN Board of Directors:  Mr. Carlucci has been a Managing Director of the Carlyle Group since 1989, Chairman since 1993 and Chairman Emeritus since January 2003.  Mr. Carlucci was Secretary of Defense from November 1987 through January 1989, following his service as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs under President Reagan.  Before serving in these positions, Mr. Carlucci was Chairman and CEO of Sears World Trade, a business he joined in 1983.  Mr. Carlucci's career in government service included Deputy Secretary of Defense (1980-82), Deputy Director of Central Intelligence (1978-80), U.S. Ambassador to Portugal (1975-78), Under Secretary of Health Education and Welfare (1973-75), Deputy Director of OMB (1970-72), and Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (1969).  Mr. Carlucci was a Foreign Service Officer from 1956 to 1980 and he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1954.  Mr. Carlucci has served on the PAN Board of Directors since January 2005.
 
Senator Bob Dole:  A renowned statesman who spent 35 years in Congress, Senator Dole was first elected to Congress from his home state of Kansas in 1960 and to the U.S. Senate in 1968.  He gained national prominence as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1971 to 1972.  In 1976, President Gerald Ford tapped him to be his vice presidential running mate.  He served as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from 1981-1985. Elected Senate Majority Leader in 1984, Senator Dole holds the record as the nation's longest serving Republican leader.  Dole resigned from the Senate in 1996 to pursue his campaign for President of the United States.  The former U.S. Senate Majority Leader is one of the most sought after advisors in the public policy arena.  Senator Dole received PAN's Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service in 1999.
 
J. William Langston, M.D.:  Dr. Langston is the founder, CEO, and Scientific Director of the Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale, California.  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and was formerly a faculty member at Stanford University and Chairman of Neurology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California.  Dr. Langston gained national and international recognition in 1982 for the discovery of the link between a 'synthetic heroin' and parkinsonism.  This substance, known as MPTP, is selectively toxic to the same nerve cells in the brain which die in Parkinson's disease.  The discovery of the biologic effects of this compound led to a renaissance of the basic and clinical research in Parkinson's disease.
 
Davis Phinney:  As a winner of the Olympic Bronze and Tour de France stages, Mr. Phinney has celebrated the most victories of any cyclist in American history.  Along with Lance Armstrong and Greg Lemond, Mr. Phinney is one of only three Americans to win multiple stages of the Tour de France, the world's most prestigious bike race.  After his retirement from cycling, Mr. Phinney's career continued as a well-known sportscaster for ABC, CBS, NBC and OLN.  In 2000, after years of feeling not quite right, and an almost endless round of tests, he was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's.  Realizing that there are ways to improve the quality of his day to day living, he started the Davis Phinney Foundation as a way to promote and fund innovative research that demonstrates the effects and importance of exercise, speech and other elements that are critical to quality of life.
 
The Honorable Janet Reno:  Appointed 78th Attorney General of the United States, Ms. Reno became the first woman to lead the nation's largest law enforcement office of 125,000 employees. A major figure during the Clinton administration, her eight-year term made her the longest-serving attorney general since the Civil War. She is the 2003 recipient of the distinguished Stennis Center's Lindy Boggs Award for demonstrating the ideals of patriotism, courage, integrity and leadership through public service. In 2000, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.  As a highly visible and active public figure combating a severe illness, she has inspired others who live with Parkinson's and other serious diseases.  Ms. Reno received PAN's Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service in 2006.
 
Cokie Roberts:  Ms. Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming.  From 1996-2002 she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week.  Ms. Roberts also serves as Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio.   In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys.  Ms. Roberts has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.  She holds more than twenty honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and on the President's Commission on Service and Civic Participation.  This year the Library of Congress named her a "Living Legend," one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor.  Ms. Roberts is the mother of two and grandmother of six.