Management Team

Carrolee Barlow, MD, PhD
Chief Executive Officer

Carrolee Barlow, MD, PhD—renowned expert in neuroscience and neurodegeneration—joined the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in February 2014. Dr. Barlow is the second CEO in the Institute’s 25 year history. She takes the reins from Dr. J. William Langston, who founded the organization in 1988.

Dr. Barlow’s previous work has spanned clinical care, laboratory and clinical research, academia, and industry. She is the former Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer of BrainCells, Inc. in San Diego, California, a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of small molecules that stimulate adult hippocampal neurogenesis for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disease using human neural stem cell technology. Prior to BrainCells, she served as the Director of Molecular Neuroscience and Therapeutic Area Head for Stroke and Neurodegeneration at Merck Research Laboratories where she was responsible for neuroscience biology, global exploratory, licensing, and full-phase efforts. Dr. Barlow has held a faculty position in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. She also serves as an advisory board member for several biotechnology companies and disease foundations advancing therapies for rare diseases and disorders of the central nervous system (CNS).

Dr. Barlow received her MD from the University of Utah, did her residency in Internal Medicine at The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, and went on to obtain a PhD in molecular and developmental biology at the Karolinska Medical Nobel Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Shortly thereafter, she joined the National Institutes of Health and completed medical sub-specialty training in the field of endocrinology and a postdoctoral fellowship in neurogenetics at the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Brian Coulter
Chief Operations Officer

Brian is a seasoned Chief Operating Officer with experience in the non-profit sector, for-profit sector, and Federal government. With a formal education in finance, real estate, and business law, as well as, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, he has both academic and practical real-world experience.  He has provided leadership to multiple non-profits as a member of the Board of Directors, often holding the Treasurer position.

With over twenty-one years of experience increasing productivity, efficiency, and accountability, Brian has lead organizations through strong and weak markets. Consistently employing an innovative, can-do management style utilizing financial analysis skills, organizational management, wisdom, and understanding. 

As a Distinguished Alumni of the Finance, Real Estate, and Business Law Department, for California State Polytechnic University, Pomona he has served as Adjunct Professor teaching Corporate Finance to undergraduate students.  Brian is responsible for Finance, Contracting and Government Grants, Facilities, Information Technology and Legal.

Cheryl Gardner
Vice President of Philanthropic Services

Cheryl Gardner’s passion, and her heart, is in the work she’s done with nonprofit organizations throughout her career. Cheryl is a seasoned executive who has worked with nonprofit organizations for nearly 20 years, helping them build and increase revenue streams, establish networks, manage resources, raise awareness, and create and implement solid, enduring programs. In 2010 she launched her own consulting firm, Cheryl Gardner & Associates, which helps nonprofit organizations develop funding and build infrastructure to support their mission.

Clients included: American Bible Society (ABS), Communication Institute/European Leadership Forum, Scriptures in Use (SIU), CASA 50+ Network, and Operation Mobilization (OM).
Cheryl served as Director of Foundations and Strategic Partnerships for Operation Mobilization (OM). Prior to that, she served as interim President/CEO of CASA 50+ Network; Account Executive with the Russ Reid Agency, Vice President of Resource Development for Biblica – International Bible Society; Director of New Membership Development for American Baptist Credit Union (now Christian Community Credit Union); and Director of Government Affairs and Public Relations at Open Doors with Brother Andrew.

Cheryl has traveled globally and worked extensively with international partners across cultures, training and equipping leaders and development staff to effectively communicate their mission to stakeholders and donors. She has worked to advocate for human rights and religious freedom for vulnerable people groups worldwide.

She serves on the Board of Directors Supervisory Committee of Christian Community Credit Union (CCCU) and is a member of the Advisory Board of Purple Hearts, a nonprofit serving victims of domestic violence. She enjoys cycling with her husband, traveling, and cooking/entertaining.

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