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  • Jennifer
    “I get to take my mom to dance every week. To have something fun and normal has been such a blessing to us.” Jennifer
  • Anna
    “We are doing the Argentine tango, and it’s really a lot of fun. I got to learn how to turn and did a little bit of foot work, and I really, really truly enjoy that. That’s my favorite.” Anna
  • Roger
    “The continuing education about Parkinson’s has made me aware of how to manage my disease.” Roger
  • Ellis
    "HAPS has saved my life." Ellis
  • Ray
    “HAPS has made a difference between just being alive and living.” Ray
  • Margaret
    “Friendship is the most significant thing I have gained though my experience with HAPS. We have happy meetings and understand each other and enjoy ourselves.” Margaret

Therapeutic Programs

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Exercise, speech, yoga, tai chi, music, water, dance and various support groups are available free of charge.

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Social Services

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Transportation, respite and emergency financial aid are among the many services offered.

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Education

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HAPS provides numerous programs to educate and raise awareness about Parkinson's disease.

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Support HAPS

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HAPS depends on the generosity of the community to continue to provide much needed services.

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HAPS thanks the following people for their help in leading the organization in fulfilling its mission to provide services and improve the quality of life for individuals living with Parkinson's.  

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mike Hendryx - President
Frank Donnelly, Jr. - Chair
Gabriel Zamora - Vice President/Treasurer
Leslye Weaver - Vice President/Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chris Brewster
Joan Cupic
Jo Furr
Tom Ganucheau
Joyce Gilbreath
Joshua Huss
Rob Kerr
John McClymonds
Jim Nicklos
Gerald Rideaux

Terry K. Satterwhite, M.D.
Richard K. Simpson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Pamela Skaufel
Randi Smith
Jim Thorp
Michael Young
Courtney Zavala

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Chris Bell
Ron Bernell
Nina P. Brown
Aubrey Calvin
Joiner Cartwright, Jr., Ph.D.
Rich Clifford
Robert Cruikshank
Meredith Cullen
Matthew Easterly
Ellin Grossman, Ed.D.
John E. Hankey
Harriet Hart
Kamden Kanaly
Liz Lary
Harriet Latimer
Dan Lauck
Anne Martin
Robert Martone
W.O. Neuhuas III
Malcolm Pettigrew
George Puig
Jeff Rosenberg
Arthur Schechter
Joyce Proler Schechter
Binky Stephenson Strom
John Strom

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

Richard K. Simpson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S. - Chairman
Madhureeta Achari, M.D.
Leanne Burnett, M.D.
Steve Croft, M.D.
Albert Fenoy, M.D.
Stanley Fisher, M.D.
Erin Furr-Stimming, M.D.
Robert G. Grossman, M.D.
Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D.
Joseph Jankovic, M.D.
Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, M.D.
Eugene C. Lai, M.D., Ph.D.
Laura Marsh, M.D.
Greg McLauchlin, M.D.
Kim Monday, M.D.
William Ondo, M.D.
Terry K. Satterwhite, M.D.
Mya Schiess, M.D.
Desiree B. Thomas, M.D.
Gage Van Horn III, M.D.
Ashwin Viswanathan, M.D.
Michele York, Ph.D.

STAFF

Anne Thobae - Executive Director
Kathleen Crist, LMSW - Director of Social Services and Program Development
Leann Randolph, LMSW - Social Worker and Advocacy Outreach Coordinator
Celeste Harris, LMSW - Coordinator of Special Programs
Midge Claiborne - Director of Development
Kelly Nicholls - Coordinator of Marketing and Communications

Help HAPS Design Socks for The Honorable George H.W. Bush

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Would you like to help HAPS design socks for former President George H.W. Bush? The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation is holding a contest for the public to design a pair of socks for the sock aficianado himself. President Bush will select a number of winning pairs to be displayed at his library in College Station. 

HAPS would like to form a team of our clients and associates to meet and create a Parkinson's inspired sock to represent the organization. If you would like to participate, please contact Kelly Nicholls at 713-313-1621 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The contest ends on August 31st.

HAPS Summer Lecture Series is Back!

summer-lecture-series-2-2014It is time to take a break from the sizzling heat and join HAPS for its 4th Annual Summer Lecture Series. Enjoy three Friday sessions in June, July and August led by experts addressing relevant topics related to improving everyday life with Parkinson's disease. 

Click here for more information on lecture dates, topics and how you can register to attend.

Parkinson's News

Supercomputer used to study a common link between addiction and neurological disease 07-25-2014 Recent published research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrates how changes in dopamine signaling and dopamine transporter function are linked to neurological and psychiatric...