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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.


 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
    (Regional 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

Hope Happens News

16th Annual Evening of Hope is Being Canceled

It is with deep regret that we are announcing that the 16th Annual Evening of Hope, scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020 is being cancelled. Securing the health and well-being of our community and beyond should be our highest priority right now. As we step into this...

Friends of Hope Happens

Friends of Hope Happens for Neurological Disorders are a dynamic group of professionals in their twenties and thirties who live in the St. Louis area and support Hope Happens in different ways throughout the year. Are you or someone you know affected by a neurological...