STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., Dec. 8 Joel A. Miele Sr. was elected as the American Parkinson Disease Association's (APDA) seventh president yesterday (Sun., Dec. 7) at its annual meeting in New York City. He succeeds Vincent N. Gattullo.
Mr. Miele, a Queens, N.Y. resident and APDA board member and officer for more than 23 years, is a professional engineer who has served as commissioner of the New York City Planning Commission, Board of Standards & Appeals, Coastal Commission, Department of Buildings and Department of Environmental Protection. He was a founding partner of Miele Associates, a Queens architectural and engineering firm, from 1970 until 1994. He is a fellow and life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers and past president of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and has received more than a dozen professional and technical honors.
Enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1957, he served on active duty for some four years and continued his service in the reserve of the Navy Civil Engineer Corps for more than 28 additional years, retiring in 1988 with the rank of captain and title of commodore, and was promoted to rear admiral on the retired list of the New York Naval Militia in 1998.
An active community member, he is chairman of the board of Peninsula Hospital Center, the Peninsula General Nursing Home, the Queens Public Communications Corporation and president of the Board of Visitors at Creedmoor State Hospital, all in Queens, and is a past president and trustee of the Queens Borough Public Library. He is a member of the American Legion and the Queens Library Foundation and is active in the Boy Scouts of America as the executive vice president of the Queens Council and a National Council member. He also is the president of charities in the Netherlands and Germany that raise funds for Parkinson Disease research in Europe.
Fred Greene was elected first vice president; Patrick McDermott, second vice president, John Marangos, third vice president and Elliot Shapiro, fourth vice president. Sally Ann Esposito-Browne and Nicholas Corrado were re-elected secretary and treasurer, respectively. Richard Russo was elected to the executive committee and Mr. Gattullo, J. Patrick Wagner and Jerry Wells were re-elected executive board members.
Eight members were re-elected directors and six people were elected emeritus board members.
Dennis Dickson, M.D., professor of laboratory medicine/pathology at Mayo clinic's College of Medicine, and director of Mayo's neuropathology laboratory in Florida, which serves as the brain bank for the Morris K. Udall National Institutes of Health Parkinson's Disease Center for Excellence in Parkinson's Disease Research, received APDA's 2008 Fred Springer Award, and Frederick Wooten, M.D., chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, presented an update on the status of the disease and promising research.
APDA is the country's largest grassroots organization service the country's 1.5 million Americans with the progressively degenerative neurological disease. Through a national network of 56 chapters and 62 Information & Referral Centers and 1,000 support groups APDA raises awareness and funds for research and provides free educational materials, programs, information and support for people with PD and their caregivers.
Information about APDA's services can be obtained by calling 800-223-2732 or visiting www.apdaparkinson.org.
SOURCE American Parkinson Disease Association