Board of Directors

Meet MDFA’s Board of Directors 

Julie Sievert, President

Julie Sievert is President of the Movement Disorders Foundation of Arizona (MDFA). MDFA has the goal of educating and providing support to both patients and caregivers of movement disorders. Alongside of patient education, an additional goal of MDFA is to perform research to improve the quality of life for those with movement disorders.

As President of Movement Disorders Foundation of Arizona, Julie Sievert brings over twenty-five years of management experience working within Fortune 500 companies to our team. As a patient managing her essential tremor symptoms, she has valuable insight in directing MDFA’s Goals and Objectives. Julie had Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in 2009 for essential tremors and has both maternal and paternal history with essential tremors.

For twenty years, Julie worked for American Express in several facets of call center management including at the Director level. Prior to that she worked in management in both Marriott and Sheraton hotels.

Julie holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from University of Houston.

Jesus “Jess” E. Villanueva, M.D., Treasurer

Jess Villanueva is Treasure of the Movement Disorders Foundation of Arizona (MDFA). Jess received his Doctor of Medicine, Surgery in 1989 from De La Salle University in Dasmarinas Cavite and a degree in Internal Medicine in 1993  from Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Darby Pennsylvania.  As treasurer of MDFA, Jess brings over twenty years of experience as a physician.

David J. Briggs, Secretary

Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, David received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospital Administration from Eastern Michigan University.  David worked as the Chief of Program Administration and Support Services Department in Information Resource Management at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor before relocating to Arizona in 1999.

David feels honored to be asked to serve on the MDFA Board of Directors.  David was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease almost four years ago and underwent a successful Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery two years ago. David feels fortunate to have received the best medical treatment available with incredible results and feels an obligation and great desire to five back what he can to the Parkinson Community by serving on the Board of Directors.

William “Bill” Rush, Director

Mr. Rush ended a distinguished newspaper career as publisher and CEO in 1999 at The New Haven Register, Connecticut’s second largest daily newspaper. At the time, he was serving as President of the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association. During his tenure at New Haven, he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President for The Journal-Register Co. a group of 15 dailies and 55 weekly newspapers in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Missouri Also, active in the American Newspaper Association, He was a member of its technical committee which was guiding the newspaper business into the computer age. He attended high school at Alliance, Ohio and later received his BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University School of Journalism. Active in community affairs, he served on numerous local boards and committees including Leadership New Haven. He twice led successful United Way campaigns.