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Hope Happens
Our Mission: To find a cure for ALS by funding progressive research and in the process create a new methodology for funding, researching and developing treatments for ALS and other neurological disorders.
Supporting collaborative research focusing on
neurodegeneration and repair across neurological disorders

(including Alzheimers, autism, ALS, cerebral palsy, Huntington's, MS, muscular dystrophy,
Parkinson's, spinal cord injury, stroke, and many more...)

Hope Happens Board of Directors

Steven Wolff (Principal and CEO, Wolff Properties), President

Christopher Danforth (Partner, Cultivation Capital), Secretary

Clark Thomas (Mortgage Banker, The Private Bank), Treasurer

Mary Bettis (Director, Sales Operations Support - Research Pharma Markets, Sigma Aldrich)

A.J. Chivetta (Partner, Armstrong Teasdale)

Leigh Hobler Gerard (Community Volunteer)

Jean Hobler (Community Volunteer)

Peter Hobler (Transformational Author and Personal Development/Success Coach)

Cynthia Meiners (VP, Strategy and Business Development, Fresenius Medical Care)

Marcia Mellitz, MBA (President, Bioscience Strategies)

Tom Ruwitch (Founder and President, MarketVolt)

Glen Stettin, M.D. (SVP, Clinical, Research & New Solutions, Express Scripts)

Hope Happens Board of Advisors

John Brightman (Private Consultant)

Russell Brightman (Merrill Lynch)

Tony Chiodini (Chiodini Associates)

Pete Genovese (President, UMB Bank— St. Louis)

Jennifer Hobler (Community Volunteer)

Bill Hizar (General Partner, Edward Jones)

Hal Kroeger (President, Halak Inc.)

Flip Maritz (President, Maritz, Wolff and Co.)

Paul Wagman (V.P./Partner, Fleishman-Hillard Inc.)

Carole Wilson (Community Volunteer)

Thomas A. Woolsey, M.D. (Professor of Neurological Surgery, Washington University)


Gabriela Inderwies, MA, Development Officer

Bruce Durazzi, Administrative Coordinator

101 South Hanley Road
Suite 1320
St. Louis, MO 63105

p: 314-725-3888
f: 314-725-3892

Christopher Wells Hobler
1965 - 2005

Chris lost his battle against ALS on Wednesday, February 16, 2005, surrounded by his loving wife, family, friends and caregivers.
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The Hope Center
for Neurological Disorders

HOPE HAPPENS was formerly

ALS HOPE: The Chris Hobler/James Maritz Foundation