Joel A. Miele Sr. was elected as the American Parkinson Disease Association's (APDA) seventh president yesterday (Sun., Dec. 7) at its annual meeting in New York City. He succeeds Vincent N. Gattullo.
Enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1957, he served on active duty for some four years and continued his service in the reserve of the Navy Civil Engineer Corps for more than 28 additional years, retiring in 1988 with the rank of captain and title of commodore, and was promoted to rear admiral on the retired list of the New York Naval Militia in 1998.
An active community member, he is chairman of the board of Peninsula Hospital Center, the Peninsula General Nursing Home, the Queens Public Communications Corporation and president of the Board of Visitors at Creedmoor State Hospital, all in Queens, and is a past president and trustee of the Queens Borough Public Library. He is a member of the American Legion and the Queens Library Foundation and is active in the Boy Scouts of America as the executive vice president of the Queens Council and a National Council member. He also is the president of charities in the Netherlands and Germany that raise funds for Parkinson Disease research in Europe.
Information about APDA's services can be obtained by calling 800-223-2732 or visiting www.apdaparkinson.org.
SOURCE American Parkinson Disease Association