About the
Brian Grant Foundation

We’re here for one another, and we’re here to make life better.

A happy couple in nature

Our mission

The Brian Grant Foundation empowers people impacted by Parkinson’s to lead active and fulfilling lives. We believe in caring for the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—and provide evidence-based resources that support wellness in all facets of life. We also believe that we are stronger together. By sharing stories of people affected by the disease and connecting them to a supportive community, we can inspire one another to live great lives. 

Our story

In 2008, after an illustrious career in the NBA, Brian Grant was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s at the age of 36. As he sought support and resources that could help him live his life to the fullest, he realized that these resources weren’t made for someone like him: young, athletic, a parent with kids still at home, the breadwinner.

So, he founded the Brian Grant Foundation in 2010, with the goal to provide resources that could help people like him—who wanted to use exercise and nutrition to manage and slow their symptoms and get on with the business of living.

Meet Brian Grant

Brian Grant was an NBA idol, known for tenacious rebounding and a fearless attitude on the court. During his 12‐year career, he played for five teams and became a strong contributor to his surrounding communities. Today, Brian continues to inspire as a speaker, philanthropist, and a patient who insists on thriving with Parkinson’s disease. His mission is to help people become their best, even when it seems impossible.

Brian Grant sitting in a chair outside

Staff

Katrina Kahl

Executive Director

Gavin Johnson

Program Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brian Grant

Founder

Melinda Sych

Board President

Charlene Quaresma

Board Treasurer

Teri Bowles-Atherton

Mark Byrum

Cortlandt Cuffee

Kristin Gaston

Brad Loveless

Cole Mack

Greg Miller

PROGRAM ADVISORY COUNCIL

Cathie Baker
Pat and Dan Baker
Jay Freyensee
Michelle and Dan Garratt
Lynn Hubert
Marlene Kendrick
Sharon Kishner
Steven Stryker
Troy Sych
Megan Taye
Todd Vogt
Robin Woodward

MEDICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Shannon Anderson, MPAS, PA-C

Oregon Health & Science University

Bas Bloem, MD, PhD

Radbourd University Mijmegen Medical Centre

Amy Dodson, OT

Providence Health & Services

John Duda, MD

Philadelphia VA Medical Center & Perelman School of Medicine

Suketu Khandhar, MD

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento

Soania Mathur, MD

Parkinson’s Advocate

Laurie Mischley, ND, PhD, MPH

Bastyr University Research Institute

Julia Robinson, MSCCC-SLP

Legacy Health

Delaram Safarpour, MD, MSCE

Oregon Health & Science University

Monica Skordilis, MD

Kaiser Permanente

Sukhee So, PT, DPT

Kaiser Permanente

Lauren McIntyre, PT, DPT

Providence Health & Services

Jenny Wilhelm, PT, DPT

Oregon Health & Science University

Committed to Transparency

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Brian Grant Foundation has a demonstrated commitment to financial integrity.

Tax ID: 27-1628944

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