As with any organization, it is people who make it successful, and there are many who have helped create HopeNET. I am very thankful to all of them.
First and foremost is Rose Schooff who has created the website. In addition to her technical expertise and hard work, she has brought a real appreciation of the difficulties and challenges facing a person with a little-known neurological disorder.
Justin Trent and Kelly Helmuth of the law firm of McGuire Woods in Richmond have handled all the legal work involved in getting HopeNET incorporated and tax-exempt. It has involved a lot of work for which I am very appreciative.
Kathleen Welker of Tremor Action Network has worked collaboratively with me from the outset providing valuable insight and support.
Special thanks are in order for Dr. Stephen Grill. In addition to being the President of the Board of HopeNET, members of the Columbia support group use his office every month for their meeting. He also played the central role in putting together the one-page brochure that we will be giving to doctors to increase awareness of Essential Tremor.
Lourdes Cuevas of Capital One Bank has been very helpful in creating and supporting HopeNET’s bank account.
Mary Fitzpatrick has been solid in providing support as HopeNET has gone through the usual growing pains to be expected with a new organization.
Thanks too to my brother, Skip – a CPA, for handling all tax-related issues.
There have many more who have contributed money and/or time – Joan Marie Barringer, Fred Berko, Becky Epton, Lou DeVaughn, Phillip Fauntleroy, Sue Fillmore, Sheliah Hurt, Steph Jewell, Doris Mapes, Barbara McCarthy, Robert & Vera Mendoza, Dan & Shirley Miller, Fatta Nahab, Nora Rudd, and Claudia Testa. I am especially appreciative of what Joyce Letzler has done.
Finally, I want to thank my wife, Pat. She has contributed a lot in making copies, handling correspondence & phone calls, reviewing & editing various things I have written, providing ideas, etc. Just as importantly, I have had Essential Tremor throughout our marriage, and she has made my life easier by doing many every-day things to help me.