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Kathleen Crist Dance for Parkinson's at Houston Ballet

Kathleen Crist, LMSW
Director of Social Services and Program
Development Houston Area Parkinson Society

Kathleen graduated from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work in 2001 with a Master of Social Work degree with a Gerontology concentration. In 2002, she became Director of Social Services for Houston Area Parkinson Society, a non-profit social service organization that provides services to individuals with Parkinson's disease and their families throughout eight countries in the greater Houston area.

Kathleen is the Population Specialist for Parkinson's disease and direct-connect contact for the United Way 211 program. She participates on committees with Care for Elders, the Alzheimer's Association, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Parkinson's Disease, Research and Clinical Center, and is a Regional Board Member for Adult Protective Serves. Kathleen is also a current Field Instructor for the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, a present member for the NASW and past President of the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society.

In 2009, Kathleen's responsibilities increased and she also became Director of Program Development at HAPS. In this role, Kathleen has been instrumental in establishing the innovative HAPS/Houston Ballet Dance for Parkinson's program. From participating in the initial discussions in the fall of 2008 to implementing the program in May 2009, Kathleen attends each weekly class representing HAPS, providing oversight and acting as a liaison between HAPS and the Ballet. She assists the class instructor and clients as needed, and handles all issues related to HAPS clients and Parkinson's.




Photo by: Amitava Sarkar