Our Leadership

Georgetown Area Parkinson’s Support Group (GAPS)

Leadership Team

Mary Jane Berry

Mary Jane Berry
​​Executive Director
mjberry@gapstx.org

​Mary Jane Berry is a native Texan!  Born in Corpus Christi, raised in a small town south of San Antonio, attended and graduated at UTMB, Galveston as a registered nurse.  Her background as a RN provided many opportunities in her career from ICU nurse, Radiotherapy RN, OB-GYN nurse, school nurse, disability examiner, Medicaid Program nurse, and finishing her career as Project Manager who was responsible for HIPAA implementation for the State of Texas.
Currently living in a retirement community, Sun City, Mary Jane is very involved in many activities that include: delivers ‘meals on wheels’; active in Sun City clubs; volunteers at her church; and does ‘pro-bono work’ to help others with Social Security Disability cases. However, she is most known for work with Parkinson’s and has been the GAPS Facilitator for 12 years of a 1200+ member.  Mary Jane is currently the Executive Director for GAPS. In addition, she is the caregiver to her husband who has been living with Parkinson’s for 20+ years!

Dr. Michael Soileau

Dr. Michael Soileau
Medical Consultant

Dr. Michael Soileau is a Movement Disorder Neurologist at Texas Movement Disorder Specialists in Georgetown, TX. He received his BS in Education from Baylor University, his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Neurology training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and his fellowship in the Medical and Surgical Management of Movement Disorders back at UT-Houston. Currently he serves as an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas A&M HSC as well as adjunct faculty at Dell Medical School where he enjoys teaching both neurology residents and medical students. Dr. Soileau is very active in clinical research as well as traveling both regionally and nationally to speak on the advancing field of movement disorder treatments. He resides in Georgetown, TX with his wife, 3 boys, and dog Dixie. He attends First Baptist Church in Georgetown and loves bird photography.

Georgetown Area Parkinson’s Support Group (GAPS)

Board Members

Steven Darroh

Steven Darroh
​​Chair
steven@gapstx.org
Steven Darroh is an ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist who received his Master of Science from University of Texas at Dallas. Steven works exclusively with people with Parkinsons on quality of life through voice rehabilitation both through virtual classes and a downloadable app. Steven lives in Austin with his wife and three children.

​Stacy Scarborough

​Stacy Scarborough
Vice-Chair
​vice-chair@gapstx.org

Stacy was born and raised in Austin, TX. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Marketing. Stacy has worked for Visiting Angels Home Care since 2012 as the Marketing Director and now as the Director of Operations. She serves as the Vice Chair on the CTAP/GAPS Board of Directors. She has also served as a Committee Chair member of the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Texas. She is married to life-long Austin resident and Veteran Brandon Scarborough and they have 2 children, Kyle age 7 and Clara age 4.

Patty Rooney-Lingo

Patty Rooney-Lingo
Secretary
patty@gapstx.org

Patty Rooney was raised in the Galveston-Houston area and graduated from Lamar University, In Beaumont, Texas in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She had a career as the Executive Director of the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce, as Cash Manager of Raymond International Inc. in Houston, Texas and retired after 25 years in Banking as Senior Vice President and Division Head of Association Banking from Bank of America, Chicago.  She has served as a board member of the following organizations:  The Chicago Society of Association Executives, The Three Arts Club of Chicago, and The Non-Profit Financial Center of Chicago.

She and her husband Dave moved to Georgetown, Texas (Sun City) in 2012.  She currently serves as Co-Facilitator of the Georgetown Area Parkinson’s Support Group and is a member of the Sun City Nature and Hiking clubs and Santa Rosa Catholic Church.

Julie Fitzgerald

Julie Fitzgerald
Treasurer
​​julie@gapstx.org

​Julie Fitzgerald was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease in early 2013. She serves on the CTAP/GAPS board and also as an Ambassador for The Davis Phinney Foundation. In 2019, Julie completed a pilgrimage hike with a group of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s advocates covering 120 miles in 9 days in the searing Sicilian heat. Julie could often be heard chanting, “Never, ever, ever, ever give up” which has become her mantra when it comes to Parkinson’s. She has written several guest blogs for the Davis Phinney Foundation and advocated for legislative changes at the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Parkinson’s Policy Forum held in Washington, DC. Julie lives in Liberty Hill, TX with her faithful Goldendoodle, Hope.

\​Dr. Kunal Nagarsheth

Dr. Kunal Nagarsheth
​Member at Large
kunal@gapstx.org

Dr. Kunal Nagarsheth is a native Texan; born and raised in Houston and he graduated with a Doctorate in Pharmacy from UT Austin in 2007. Kunal has explored various areas of pharmacy practice and has professionally dedicated himself to being a healthcare resource for the community. He enjoys spending his free time with family and friends.

\Michelle-Mason

Michelle Mason
​Board Member

I’m Michelle Mason, an Austin native with a 30-year career in fitness. Married for 22 years to Kent, with two daughters, Makayla, and Makenzie who attend Texas State University. I hold a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. My passion for fitness stems from my family’s health challenges. I’ve worked with diverse populations, including the active adult community. From the City of Austin to private facilities, I’ve owned a traveling fitness gym, and this is my 9th year as the Director of Fitness in Sun City. Beyond work, I cherish family time, outdoor activities, and challenging workouts. A proud Dallas Cowboys fan!

\Karen-Nepute

Karen Nepute
​Board Member

My name is Karen Nepute. I am excited to begin my new role as a member of the Georgetown Parkinson’s Support Group (GAP). From a nursing perspective I am continually amazed at the new treatments, medications and technology for managing the disease for Parkinson patients and look forward to enabling GAP to continue to provide those services. Allowing me to help others gives me a sense of purpose and is very gratifying. I am a Licensed Life and Health Insurance agent in the state of Texas as well as a Registered Nurse. I have personally witnessed how stressful and financially burdensome it can be for loved ones unprepared to deal with unexpected illnesses and the effects of aging on elder family members. I believe with education, sharing of information, and making a financial plan goes a long way to give peace of mind to all family members involved. In my down time I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I have 2 grown sons off on their own. I enjoy yoga, cooking, and spending time in my garden. I also jump out of airplanes for fun and hold several world records. What people don’t realize is the sport instills trust, discipline, positive attitudes, teamwork, as well as lifelong friendships. My goal is to bring these with me to GAP.

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