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Staff Spotlight on Jordan Whitley

Wednesday February 27, 2019
Staff Spotlight on Jordan Whitley
Besides having a Masters in Social Work, Jordan wears so many hats that you would need a hat rack to keep track of all of them! 
She heads up all things related to the many and varied programs available to NW Parkinson's Foundation Community Members. If you attended recent HOPE Conferences®, Art & Movement Symposiums, or online classes, you've seen Jordan's handiwork. Boise, Idaho can find her this weekend at their HOPE Conference®! Learn more about HOPE and Jordan in this interview.
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Q. For those who don't know, tell us about HOPE Conferences®.
A. My hope for a great HOPE Conference® (laughs) is that this local event calls attention to the people impacted by Parkinson's within their greater community. That it raises awareness, as well as builds connections to local resources. I hope people leave with more than they came, and gain the tools they need to self-advocate and thrive.
Q. What has it meant to you to directly work with, and be a part of, the Boise Parkinson's Community? 
A. Having the opportunity to work with the Boise HOPE Committee is so beneficial to a program of and for their own. Different voices and different demographics have been really important to making this a holistic and real conference for the people in Boise.
What Boise wants isn't the same as Kalispell or Seattle. The flexibility and opportunity to build an event with individual people for an individual area is what makes this a HOPE Conference®. I'm so grateful to the committee members; they made it so NW Parkinson's and I can help to bring them the resource Boise needs.
Q. What are you looking forward to this weekend and the 2019 Boise HOPE Conference®?
A. Besides a successful event, from workshops to new connections, I'm most excited to see the committee members. Working with them these past months has been so great. And I say committee members, but I honestly mean friends. So, I'm excited to see my friends!
Q. Yay! And that leads me to a few topics that your friends may not know about you. If you had a pet iguana, what would you name it?
A. Ricky
Q.  What was your favorite TV show when you were in grade school?
 
A. So many! Doug, Rocket Power, Hey Arnold, Magic School Bus, Kennan & Kel, All That, X-Files... 
 
Q.  What did you wear for a Halloween costume last year?
A.  I was a "Killer Queen Metal Cat"
Q.  Dogs or cats? Which one do you prefer?
A. I have love in my heart for both. That said - dogs. They're the best! 
Q.  Did you ever own a Backstreet Boys album? 
A.  Did, do, seeing them in July! Backstreet's back ALRIGHT! 
Jordan, like all of the team at NW Parkinson's, is happy to talk to you or respond via email regarding any questions you may have about our programs.  Here's her contact info:
Jordan Whitley, MSW | Community Engagement Specialist
Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
D. 206.946.6520 | O. 206.748.9481
7525 SE 24th St Ste 300
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Jordan@nwpf.org
 
Terry Harrigan
NW Parkinson's Community Member 
and Chronicler of NW Parkinson's Staff Stories

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