Regional Directors

Southern Regional Director

Paul Watford

Paul lives in Gainesville, Florida

Background

Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014 and based on a suggestion from a Physical Therapist attended Gary’s original Boot Camp (Foundation) class. He recognized the benefits immediately and soon became a certified instructor. Paul has been an instructor with the GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s network for three years and has acted as southern regional director for the past two years. As an instructor, he is enthusiastic in working with class participants to improve their physical capabilities, cognitive recognition and socialization. As a regional director, he is passionate in promoting the program to encourage and enable more people with Parkinson’s (PWP’s) to improve their daily lives and to slow disease progression. This program is now available in five Florida cities with weekly attendance  of over 250 people. There is no more rewarding service and role.

Passions

International and Colorado hiking, cycling, University of Florida sports programs, fund raising, developing friendships, and enjoying my two dogs Bella and Sterling


Northeast Regional Director

Gail Borden

Gail has had hand tremors for more than a dozen years. …in 2011 she allowed the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease to become valid. Previously during all this time.teaching yoga had been her passion. After reading the Denver Post article of Gary teaching specific exercises for PD, Gail began her quest to learn all she could from him and Dr. Becky Farley in Arizona. After witnessing her first class with Gary,Gail knew her mission; to teach this program to all she could possibly reach, those with Parkinson’s and those who wanted to teach also.Gail has trained over 50 health professionals in the New England region since 2013. She has been teaching classes ever since with wonderful results. Her passion now is studying the brain, researching nuerodegenerative diseases and bringing the information and teaching it to all who are interested. The silver lining for Gail with Parkinson’s is the wonder of neuroplasticity results and cameraderie shared with fellow classmates. She hopes to continue her work for many more years.


Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

Lauryn Mayer

Lauren Mayer 2017

Lauryn Mayer has been happily teaching a large and enthusiastic group of Foundations participants in Penn Hills for the last two and a half years, and is very, very proud of the progress her participants have made and the close-knit community they have formed. She first discovered the Parkinson’s Network classes after seeing the remarkable improvement the Foundations classes made in her mother’s physical and emotional state, and stayed on to become first an instructor and then Regional Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region. The program around Pittsburgh has now expanded to four other YMCAs in the region and and other exercise facilities, and she looks forward to expanding the program into Ohio and West Virginia.


Mid-North Regional Director

Wendy Barton

Wendy Barton

Wendy retired from an everyday walk as a meter reader after 21years in April 2013. She’d worked at the local Y as a fitness instructor and was asked to bring a program for people with Parkinson’s to the Y. After meeting Gary Sobol and visiting his program the Y brought it to the community. Wendy taught it there for 3years then moved to Montana where she is now the Regional Director in the area. She has years of experience as a personal trainer and much passion for GZSPN.


Mid-West, Mountain, Mid-South, West Director

Gary Sobol

Gary Sobol, founder of GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network, lives in Boulder, Colorado. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in February, 2008. The disease caused Gary’s health to deteriorate to the point where he needed help with most Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). Gary did considerable research and learned that exercise could dramatically improve his quality of life. In January, 2012, he designed and created a Parkinson’s boot camp class that is now called GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network Foundations Class.® Gary has recruited a team of professionals who share his passion for improving the quality of life of those with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s Network classes incorporate exercises that target specific deficits. Gary, personally, has taught over 1000 classes and is training instructors to bring the classes to cities across the United States. Gary has expanded his 501 (C) (3) to over 320 instructors who teach classes in 50 cities in 13 states. His classes reach over 1930 PWP/week. Gary has been an invited speaker at various Parkinson’s conference. In addition his exercise programs are highly recommended by his participants and their Neurologists. In addition the Foundations class has been successful in improving quality of life in people with MS and Traumatic Brain Injury.


Southern Region

  • North & South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Tennessee
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Florida

Northeast Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

Mid-North Region

  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota

West Region

  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Nevada
  • California

Mountain West Region

  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico

Mid-South Region

  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Mid-West Region