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Sarah Matcha, Executive Director

Board certified family nurse practitioner, employed at Sanford Neurology clinic, working primarily with Parkinson’s disease and dementias. She has not had the opportunity to serve on a non-profit board of directors but has been a member of several planning and quality improvement teams both at Mayo Clinic and at Sanford. She has been involved in multiple community events for PD, as well as fundraising efforts of the school and activities of her children over the last 6 years. She has worked closely with NPF-MN and multiple pharmaceutical companies to grow the P.A.R.T.N.E.R Project for Parkinson’s education in assisted and skilled living facilities in the FM area. She has no family history of Parkinson’s disease but has developed a personal passion for those affected in the 8 years working with them. She lives in Fargo with her husband and 3 daughters.


Karen Kelner

Veteran of the advertising and marketing world, having worked 30+ years in this industry. She graduated from MSUM with B.S. in Mass Communication and a Minor in Broadcast Journalism. She worked for 22 years as an account executive for Multiple Media Consultants before opening Kelner Communications, a company focused on planning and executing multimedia advertising campaigns. She is married and has two grown children, Nathan and Sarah, as well as two grandchilden, Raya and Walker. She previously served on the board for the YWCA and currently serves on the Red River Zoo board. Her mother has parkinsonism and she has experienced firsthand the lack of knowledge and resources within the community in regards to the effects of Parkinson's.


Mike Manchak

Neurohospitalist at Sanford and he runs the outpatient Stroke Clinic in the Department of Neurology. He attended Regis College in Denver, and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Biology and a BA in Neuroscience. He worked as a senior laboratory assistant in the Dept. of Microbiology at the University of Colorado before being accepted to Tulane University School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 2009. From 2009-2013, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine, followed by residency in Neurology, at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. He then stayed on for an additional fellowship year at the U of R in Vascular Neurology. He has no personal connection to Parkinson’s disease. He lives in Fargo with his wife


Kari Torgerson

Kari Torgerson is a physical therapist at Rehab4life Physical Therapy in Fargo. She attended the University of North Dakota and graduated in 2009 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Since graduating she has worked primarily with individuals with neurological diseases or injuries, though in the past 5 years her practice has focused more on treatment of individuals with Parkinson's Disease in the outpatient physical therapy setting. She is certified in two Parkinson's specialized treatment programs: LSVT BIG and PWR! moves. She has one family member who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. She has a strong passion for those affected by Parkinson's Disease, and enjoys being able to help them to improve their functional abilities through physical therapy treatment. She lives in Fargo, is married, and has one daughter Olivia.


Lauri Moreno

Registered nurse employed at Sanford Medical Center of Fargo in the departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery. She has worked with patients with chronic and acute neurological disorders for twenty years. Previously certified as a General Neurology Nurse Specialist she is currently studying to certify under a neurology sub-specialty to more directly serve her patient population. While she has not previously served as a board member for a non-profit, she has worked with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center do expand the neurology residency program to include a pediatric residency program as well the adult program and as she has devoted many personal hours to the development of specialized multidisciplinary programs for epliepsy, pediatric stroke, and is currently focusing her attention on neurosurgical interventions for Parkinson's, Epilepsy, and adult stroke. She received her RN from El Centro College in Dallas, Texas.