Parkinson's disease doesn't just affect the patients, it affects their family too. Our co-founders, Susan Stahl and Nina Mosier, have personally seen their families go through the pain. They started Power for Parkinson’s in 2013. Since then, Power For Parkinson's has grown to provide free exercise, dance, and singing classes to over 300 people each week. They believe our growth speaks to the need for these highly desired services in the Parkinson's disease community. Power for Parkinson’s participants have an improved sense of well being and report they are doing better physically, emotionally, and socially. Once lacking motivation to exercise, our participants look forward to our weekly classes and social events.
NINA MOSIER, M.D.
Director & Co-Founder, Power for Parkinson's
Dr. Mosier is a retired Internist with a special interest in geriatric medicine. She received her B.A. at Northwestern University and her medical degree at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She practiced in both Chicago and Austin for 10 years.
After taking time off to raise her children in Austin she found her passion was to help improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease. Meshing her medical background with her personal experience with her father who has struggled with the disease, she collaborated with Susan Stahl to bring a free fitness program to the Austin’s Parkinson’s community. Having four years of fundraising experience as a major organizer for the Annual Cars for Dystonia & Parkinson’s, she felt confident she could help raise enough funds to get the project off the ground. Dr. Mosier has been an avid runner and fitness enthusiast for many years. In addition to working on Power for Parkinson’s she enjoys family time, travel, reading, social networking and Mah Jongg.
Maggie is a native Austinite. She is a graduate of McCallum High School's Fine Arts Academy and holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre & Dance from The University of Texas at Austin as well as a senior professional certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). A common thread throughout much of Maggie's career has been helping to expand small businesses, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Power for Parkinson's team to help grow this valuable program in her hometown and beyond!
SUSAN STAHL, M.ED.
Co-Founder, Power for Parkinson's
Susan received her M.Ed. from South Texas State University. Susan’s professional career includes work as a child and family psychotherapist. As a therapist, Susan has had many experiences working with at risk youth, children and teens in crisis, families dealing with grief and loss issues and couples therapy.
Susan’s passion for helping those with Parkinson’s disease comes from her personal experiences as caretaker for her father who had the disease. After his death in 2012, she and Nina Mosier founded Power for Parkinson’s to provide free exercise and dance classes for people with Parkinson’s. By engaging Parkinson’s patients in regular exercise, she hopes to provide an improved sense of well -being, offer opportunities for socialization and prevent depression and isolation that often accompanies Parkinson’s disease. Susan challenges her class participants to stay fit and active for a healthy mind and body. Susan loves to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle.
Program & Outreach Assistant
Mariana was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico where she graduated from Monterrey Institute of Technology with a BA in Marketing. In 2013, she moved to NYC to get her MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. During her time in the city she worked with different agencies doing PR and strategic communications, but believes her most rewarding experience has been working with nonprofits. Before joining PFP she worked with an organization that helps underprivileged youth in Central America. She also volunteered as an ESL instructor for on adults who seek to continue their education in the US. Mariana said "I find working with nonprofits and helping others much more fulfilling than anything I've ever done, it is a much better use of my time and knowledge. And I feel it has helped me grow so much in a personal way." Other things she enjoys: event planning, baking, and dancing.