Our Team


Lawrence Hoffheimer

Chairman and Founder

Mr. Hoffheimer was a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice and a practicing healthcare attorney in Washington, D.C. for thirty-three years.  During the course of his career he has represented numerous voluntary health agencies and healthcare delivery professionals.

Mr. Hoffheimer formed and led the advocacy effort that resulted in the Congressional Resolution and Presidential Proclamation declaring the 1990s as “The Decade of the Brain.” He founded the National Foundation for Brain Research which provided enhanced visibility for neurological disorders.

Mr. Hoffheimer was asked by the National Parkinson Foundation to serve as its Washington counsel where he became a leader in the lobbying effort to pass the Morris K. Udall Bill, which provided $100,000,000 for research into the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease.

He was elected President of the Parkinson Foundation for the National Capital Area during which time the foundation raised more than $2 million for medical research. In 2006, Mr. Hoffheimer moved to Sarasota and formed the Parkinson Research Foundation.  He continues his lifelong commitment to the Parkinson community by playing an active role as Chairman of the Parkinson Research Foundation.


Donna Auger

Executive Director

Ms. Auger brings 32 years of knowledge and experience in the optometric and opticianry field. In 1991, she became a licensed optician, holding certifications from the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners.

She began working for a Retina Specialist in 1997, gaining experience and extensive knowledge of various eye diseases; including but limited to Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, and Diabetic Eye disease. After 10 years in the

field of retina disease, Ms. Auger followed her passion and love for educating patients and their caregivers about these diseases.

As the Executive Director, Ms. Auger is responsible for developing educational programs and materials. She also maintains social media, writes all grants, compiles the website content, contributes to the quarterly newsletter and is a liaison to doctors with the optometric field.

She said, “Macular Degeneration can create multiple challenges to the patient as well as their caregiver but with proper education, adequate support, a better understanding of the disease and available treatment options; the patient will possess the tools to make informed decisions for their specific visual diagnosis”.

Lynne Henry

Administrative Director

 Lynne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She brings over twenty years of financial and business management experience to the foundation.

As Administrative Director, Lynne oversees the Parkinson Research Foundation Major Donor Program.  She manages the daily business operations for both the foundation and Parkinson Place.

Lynne’s enthusiasm and strong interpersonal skills contribute to Parkinson Place’s overall mission to play a positive role in the lives of Parkinson patients, caregivers and the community at large


Dustin Tenney

Communications Director

Originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area, Dustin has resided in Sarasota for the past thirty years.  With over ten years of experience in technical management, he joined the Macular Degeneration Association in 2014.


Dustin oversees all technical services to include maintaining the MacularHope.org and website.  He is responsible for final design of marketing and collateral materials and offers audio-visual tech support for daily programs and special events.  Dustin is a professional photographer who has created an extensive library of photographs for the websites as well as beautiful portraits of Parkinson Place members and families.

Dustin provides a special touch for the Macular  patients by making himself available to those requiring special help and assistance. He is a valued member of the team.