FINDcures Leadership Team

The FINDcures leadership team is comprised of committed individuals dedicated to making the world a better place in which to live.  Each member of our leadership team has decades of volunteer and philanthropic experience.  As individuals of faith, we believe that as we strive to help others in need, hearts will be touched and resources will be made available to help lift up and assist those who are struggling with some of life’s more difficult challenges.  The combined accomplishments, experiences, and relationships of our leadership team are the catalyst that brought about the creation of FINDcures.

Scott Scoville – Executive Director/Co-founder

Scott is one of the four Founders of the Foundation Institute for Neurological Diseases dba FINDcures.  He is very passionate about the mission of FINDcures.  Scott is not new to volunteerism.  As a young man, he spent a year and a half as a full-time missionary in Costa Rica and Panama.  The people there lacked electricity and had very little running water.  In the jungles of Central America, Scott learned the importance of service, a lesson he has never forgotten.

“I am regularly reminded that when I serve, I am the one that is blessed.  Whether it is the warm peaceful feeling that fills my soul or the reassurance that I have helped someone in need or a simple thank you, I truly feel like I am the one that is blessed for the service I was able to render.  It is when the service goes unnoticed or unknown that the blessing is even greater.”

In the years since then, he has continued to be involved in service.  For many years, he was involved in leading community youth groups, including a local Boy Scouts of America Troop, and the Young Men’s organization of his church.  He also served as a lay minister for his church for a period of five years.  Scott continues this pattern of service to this day, volunteering to help and lead non-profit benevolent efforts such as FINDcures.

Professionally, Scott is an accomplished Senior Deputy District Attorney for Orange County, California.  He has served that organization since 1990.  He is a dedicated prosecutor with over 26 years experience having presented over 60 jury trials, written and argued over 400 motions, and trained law enforcement for the past 10 years.  He is also a seasoned expert in DNA, having been responsible for the creation and implementation of the Orange County District Attorney’s local DNA Database.

Prior to joining the Orange County District Attorney, Scott received his Bachelors of Science, Cum Laude in 1986, and his Juris Doctorate in 1989, from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Scott is a devoted family man.  He has been happily married for over 25 years, and is the father of four children, two of which are married.  He is dedicated to his family and his religion, and loves them both very much.

Why FINDcures?  Scott’s back-story.

Scott has several reasons that motivated him to help in the founding of FINDcures.  First, his step-mother was stricken with Alzheimer’s for over 16 years.  He witnessed first-hand the challenges that accompany this disease.  As his step-mother’s condition worsened, it was particularly difficult for his father.  A professional in-home caregiver was hired to assist his ailing father in her care.  This made things even more difficult for his step-mother, having strangers in their home.  As a result, his family decided that it was best to have his step-mother go to an assisted living facility.  Fortunately, they had the resources to do that.  However, the fact that many families don’t have that option available to them is something that Scott is keenly aware of.

Second, he has a son who has Epilepsy that went undiagnosed for many years.  His family didn’t realize that his son was having recurring non-convulsive seizures.  Then one day when his son was driving home from early morning religious studies he had a seizure, lost control of the vehicle, and tragically hit a retired couple walking on the sidewalk.  Both died as a result of the collision.  This event seriously shook the Scoville family.  They were particularly heartbroken for the couple’s children who lost their parents.  It was indeed a terrible tragedy.

Most recently, in 2014, Scott fell victim to Stroke.  Fortunately, he recovered, but as he lay in the ICU it was incredibly scary for his family, not knowing what the future would hold for him and his family.  They feel very blessed that he has fully recovered, but they are very aware of how different their lives would be if he had not done so.

Mark Colo – Director of Strategic Relationships/Co-founder

Mark is one of the four Founders of FINDcures.  As a Parkinson’s patient, he is passionate about the FINDcures mission.  Mark also has a history of volunteerism.  In January 1977, while still a teenager, he volunteered to leave his home in sunny Southern California to serve for two years as a full-time missionary in the significantly colder climate of Scotland and Northern Ireland, during a period of that country’s intense civil unrest.  Of serving others while as a missionary Mark says,

“The greatest lesson I learned about serving my fellowman is the more I help others, the happier I am, and the greater sense of identity I come to recognize within myself.  Giving of myself to others had the effect of lifting me above my moments of doubt, worry, and potholes of despair, to a higher plane of thought.  Simply put, by losing myself in serving others, I found my true self.”

While serving the wonderful people of Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mark began to form what became his top four credos of life.  First, “The only constant is change.  Embrace it.”  Second,“If you think things can’t get worse, you’re wrong.  Endure it.”  Third, “Control is an illusion.  Let go of it.”  And fourth, “Life isn’t always fair.  Accept it.”  As fate would have it, these four concepts along with his undying faith in a loving God, have been a source of strength for him as he has dealt with the challenges of Parkinson’s disease.  Mark provides a unique perspective to the FINDcures Leadership Team.  He is intimately aware of the challenges an individual and family face when dealing with a neurological disease diagnosis.

Professionally, Mark has had a very successful career in the van line industry since January, 1980.  During his over 3 decades of experience in the relocation industry, he leveraged his passion for learning to become a Certified Relocation Professional (C.R.P.), of which there are less than 200 in the U.S.  He is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker (R.E.B.).  In addition, his dedication to client satisfaction resulted in him becoming a 5-time member of the United Masters Club, a distinction that put him in the top 5% of his peers nationwide.

Over the course of his career, it has been estimated that Mark has relocated more than 15,000 families from and to all points in the United State and overseas.

In his personal life, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, overseas travel, reading and furthering public awareness of Neurological Diseases.  He is the author of the book, “Peace with Parkinson’s – It’s Called a Resting Tremor, not an Earthquake”, available on Amazon.com.  Mark is currently working on his second book; the title is yet to be announced and is expected to be published in the summer of 2017.

Why FINDcures?  Mark’s back-story.

Shortly following his 48th birthday, Mark noticed an unusual physical change.  His right hand pinky finger had developed an almost unnoticeable resting tremor.  He observed that it became more pronounced when he conducted a meeting or gave a talk in church.  “Speaking in front of groups with a few hundred members might seem like enough to make anyone’s hands shake, but only my right hand was affected.”  He told himself that this must be due to a pinched nerve or spinal irregularity.

This unique event prompted him to make an appointment post haste to see his general MD.  His recommendation was that he meet with a neurologist.  The neurologist performed a series of tests that included electro-analysis and observing him walking down a hallway.  His diagnosis on that day was he felt his sysmptoms were pre-Parkinsonian.

Mark left the neurologist’s office in a daze of disbelief.  When he left the doctor’s office he felt as though the weight of the world had just been placed upon his shoulders.  He felt profound sadness and also bitterness for this added burden that had been handed to him.  His mind began spinning to the past in search for answers, and into the future imagining what his life would be like.  Loneliness, fear and doubt, began to creep into his thoughts.  This was without exception the greatest blow to his peace of mind and sense of self-worth, that he had ever experienced.  He was completedly unprepared for the news he received that day.  He felt as if he was in a downward spiral with no one to catch, lift, or console him.

This and other similar experiences are what compelled him to help create FINDcures as well as provide peace and bring hope to others affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Brent Rose – Legal Counsel/Co-founder

Brent is one of the four Founders of FINDcures.  Having witnessed the affects of neurological diseases on many of his close family members, he is very passionate about the FINDcures mission.

The importance and value of providing service to his fellowman is something that Brent learned as a teenager.  Picking peaches and cleaning out pig stalls on church farms as well as sorting clothes at thrift stores to help provide food and clothing for needy families, are just some of the projects he volunteered to perform.  He also served for 18 months as a missionary in the San Francisco Bay area of California, bringing hope and peace to many people, including some who have become lifelong friends.

One of Brent’s favorite examples of providing service is the parable of the Good Samaritan.  It teaches us that everyone should be considered our neighbor and we need to serve and show mercy to them.  It was told by Jesus, in response to a question by a lawyer, like Brent, who asked what he could “do to inherit eternal life”.  Jesus responded by asking another question, similar to what many great lawyers do, “What is written in the law?”  After the lawyer answered his own question with “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself”, Jesus then ended the parable by telling the lawyer to “Go, and do thou likewise.” Luke 10:25-37.

Brent earned both a bachelors and master degree in Accounting with an emphasis in Tax at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.  He then went on to receive a law degree from Brigham Young University.  Since graduating from law school, Brent has used his legal skills to serve others with business, family, collection, probate, real estate, tax and other legal issues.  He has been involved in serving his community by volunteering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and he served on the Alumni Board for Weber State University and was a treasurer for a county political party.  He has also volunteered to serve in various positions in his church.  He has been a counselor to two pastors, has assisted in the leadership of various young men’s organizations, has been a counselor and leader of multiple men’s groups serving in ecclesiastical leadership roles, and he has been a finance clerk for multiple congregations.  Brent is committed to the concept that we serve God by serving our fellowman.

Currently, Brent is employed as an Estate Tax Attorney for the IRS.

Personally, Brent has been married to his wife, Peggy, for over 25 years.  They have three living daughters, one twin daughter who passed away due to SIDS, and a son.  When he isn’t involved with helping others with their legal and financial issues, Brent enjoys spending time with his family, reading a good book and the occasional camping trip.  He now dedicates alot of his “spare time” to helping move forward the cause of FINDcures.

Why FINDcures?  Brent’s back-story

Family, a lifetime of experience, and the opportunity to serve others with neurological diseases, are the main reasons that Brent was motivated to help in the founding of FINDcures.

“I have had many close family members who have struggled with Major Depression Disorder, making it difficult at times for them to function and keep going.  In addition, my grandmother, father and father-in-law all passed away due to complications related to Alzheimer’s.  I didn’t realize it at the time, in the 1980’s, that my grandmother putting ice cream in the oven, and my father shoplifting were early indications that they were suffering from Alzheimer’s.  I witnessed as they and my father-in-law gradually disappeared mentally with an inability to recognize or effectively associate with loved ones.  I realized something had to be done to not only help those directly affected by these neurological diseases but also to bring hope to their loved ones.”

Brent has also been involved in assisting families whose children have autism with their legal, financial and estate planning needs.  In doing so, he helps them find ways to not only more effectively provide an enjoyable life for themselves and their children, but to also create a financial and legal structure that will carry on their legacy into the future for all of their children.  He looks forward to continue working with FINDcures to help individuals, families, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in crafting solutions that will provide them with peace of mind and bring hope into their lives as they deal with the challenges of a neurological disease diagnosis.

Alexander Black – Director of Business Development & I.T./Co-founder

Alexander is one of the four Founders FINDcures.  Like the other three, Alexander also volunteered to serve a mission for his church.  He was sent to the San Francisco Bay area of California and then later to Mexico.  While on his mission, Alexander had the opportunity to serve a diverse socio-economic spectrum of people; from some of the wealthiest to the poorest.  This experience gave him a unique perspective on serving his fellowman.

“All of us, regardless of our station in life, have difficulties and challenges that can seem overwhelming and can bring with them moments of despair.  However, I have learned that the best way to overcome the difficulties of life, is to lose oneself in the service of others.  Providing service helps to clean the lens through which we see the world and ourselves in it.”

Professionally, Alexander spent 26 years in the telecommunications and data networking industry helping businesses achieve their goals and objectives through the prudent implementation of communications and data technology.  He started out as an Account Executive with MCI Telecommunications and later became a successful Sales Consultant helping Fortune 100 companies.  He moved into management as a Sales Director and V.P. of Sales for an Internet start-up.  He built a reputation of being a dedicated, ethical and customer-centric sales professional and received numerous awards and was recognized as a sales leader throughout career.

Alexander received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from American Inter-Continental University in 2003.

Unfortunately, in 2004, Alexander had an accident that required multiple back surgeries and an extended recovery period which forced him to end his career in telecommunications.  Since 2014, he has been involved with FINDcures and views it as a new opportunity for him to improve his life by improving the life of others.

Personally, Alexander has been happily married for over 33 years and has eight children, three of which are married, and five grandchildren.  They are the most important people in his life.  He continues to serve his community through various service projects and is an instructor in his church.

Why FINDcures?  Alexander’s back-story.

Raised by a single parent, Alexander’s mother suffered from mental illness (depression and anxiety) and for as long as he could remember she was dependent on medication to counteract its effects.

“Back then they called it a ‘nervous breakdown’ and the way they treated it was to prescribe a mix of anti-depressants and amphetamines.  Being a single parent of three young children in the 50’s and early 60’s was extremely difficult.  Add to that mental illness, and life, at times, became almost unbearable for my mother.  When a loved one struggles with a mental illness, such as depression, you feel helpless.  You want so much to lift their spirits and make things better.  But you can’t.  My mother had an intense love for life and adventure, and she fought every day to prevent that love from being stolen from her.  She is the bravest woman I have ever known.”

Alexander’s love for his mother and a desire to help others struggling with the challenges of depression, are the motivators that caused him to become involved in the creation of FINDcures.