ABOUT US

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History

Hope Happens was founded in 2002 as ALS HOPE by Christopher Hobler and his family after he was diagnosed with ALS in 2001, the same disorder that took the life of his late grandfather, James A. Maritz, Sr., and his cousin, Christopher Rice, of Houston, Texas.

The foundation soon changed its name to Hope Happens to emphasis its focus on all neurological disorders.

In November of 2004, Hope Happens partnered with Washington University to launch the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders at Washington University in St. Louis, a research center dedicated to speeding the process of translating basic scientific discoveries into therapies and cures. Both partners are convinced that discoveries in one disorder will lead to progress with others.

Leadership

 Board of Directors

  • Hannah Sayers,  President
    (Marketing Director, Lewis Rice)
  • Josh Reinert, Vice-President
    (Principal, Carmody MacDonald P.C.)
  • Lincoln Gray, (Partner, Brown Smith Wallace)
  • T. William Hizar, Principal, Edward Jones
  • Christopher Imming, Treasurer
    (Vice-President, Midwest BankCentre)
  • Hilary Murphy
    (Consultant, Isagenix)
  • Leigh Hobler Gerard
    (Counselor, St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute)
  • Cary Schneithorst Reed
    (Community philanthropic supporter, Board Member at COCA, Owner Schneithorst’s Interiors)
  • Glen Stettin, M.D.
    (SVP, Clinical, Research & New Solutions, Express Scripts)
  • Colby Schmid, (Senior VP of Commercial Banking Citizens National Bank)
  • Abigail Miller (Gladitood)
  • Jennifer Everly (President, Everly Accounting)
  • Julie Lynch, Communications Officer
    (Lundbeck)

Hope Happens News

Remembering Dr. William H. Danforth

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of  Washington University’s Chancellor Emeritus William H. “Bill” Danforth, on September 16, 2020. Dr. Danforth served Washington University for more than 65 years, including 24 as 13th chancellor,...