Our Team

Neale Parker

Born just outside London, in Wimbledon (Yes, the place they play tennis for 2 weeks a year) which was a diverse and very enjoyable part of England to live and grow up.  After heading through Kingston College, Neale went on to become one of the youngest Fellows of the Institute of Directors (London).  During this time and with the assistance of some venture capitalists and management team, Neale was part of this group that initiated the purchase of a division of a large publicly traded company that over the next few years built up and then sold.  After a couple years at Coca Cola running the sales team and distribution depot for the North of London an opportunity presented itself to move to Chicago, IL.IMG_1384

Upon arriving in Chicago, Neale along with several business partners built up a number of small seed companies in the media business which included CD / DVD distribution, record labels, book publishing, rights and licensing, with offices in Chicago, London and Toronto.  During this time Neale was afforded the opportunity to travel extensively through North America, Europe and Japan.

Since arriving in the United States, Neale had been a volunteer for the American Lung Association (ALA) and upon moving down to San Antonio in 2009 was asked to be part of the Board and become Board Chair in 2011.  It was at this time that Neale realized that his passion to spend more of his life helping those in need that required  additional support, education and research which lead him to join the ALA as a staff member organizing all aspects of running an 501(c)(3).

Neale and his wife Cynthia meet a few years after his arrival in Chicago and have been together for 21 wonderful years.  Neale and Cynthia share very similar interests including hiking, biking, traveling, Theatre, food and wine, and of course spending valuable time with families and friends.  Both Neale & Cynthia in their own small way understand some of the challenges involved with dealing with a chronic disease process, as Cynthia is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and has done so for over 25 years and Neale with severe asthma since the age of 4 has resulted in a current lung capacity of 45%.  Like many families in The Chromosome 18 Registry, Neale & Cynthia both understand that dealing with a disease process is a daily challenge that doesn’t go away and has to be managed with as much support as possible.

IMG_2421Both Neale & Cynthia are very proud to be part of The Chromosome 18 Family and will work with all of you in any way possible to push The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society mission forward.