Team Gateway To A Cure

Founded in 2016, Team Gateway To A Cure is a diverse group of members from all backgrounds who came together with the same goal in mind. We are committed to helping raise money for the Michael J. Fox foundation. Many of our members share the passion for helping because of being directly affected by Parkinson's Disease.

Did You Know?

  • There are approximately one million Americans who live with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected.
  • PD is more common in the elderly. The mean stage of onset is around 60 years.
  • PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Men are one and a half times more likely to have Parkinson’s than women

Here you will find the most up-to-date information on what Michael’s foundation is doing for Parkinson’s research.  It also will inform you about the latest treatment options, signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, along with offering advice for loved ones.


Jennifer Cobb
Director of Events/Team Fox Representative - Team Gateway To A Cure

I became involved with the Micheal J Fox Foundation years after my Dad, Ty Cobb, had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease.  I started a 5K Run/Walk called Soul To Sole to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's disease. Over the past 2 years I have raised over $50,000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation/Team Fox. My 5K Run/Walk was the only Parkinson's fundraiser in the Illinois Metro East area.

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David Jansen
Director of Operations - Team Gateway To A Cure

Shortly after I met Jen she began telling me about her involvement with the Michael J Fox Foundation.  I was moved by her passion for the organization and I was excited to get involved.  The more we talked I was reminded of my own grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s and developed a tremor during the last few years of her life.  I am hoping that the money we raise through TGTC will be able to provide relief for those suffering from this disease.

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Cody Beck
Technical Support - Team Gateway To A Cure

I became involved with the Michael J. Fox Foundation after Team Gateway To A Cure approached me for technical support. My love for helping people combined with the love for technology allowed me to join this incredible organization. Bringing the attention of this chronic disease to the public was something I felt passionate about and helping TGTC helped me do that.

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Ola Hawatmeh
Director of Communications/Spokesperson - Team Gateway To A Cure

"I love my job because fashion is part of who I am, and helping people is what I enjoy,” ~ Ola Hawatmeh

Her eclectic, dynamic clothing designs have graced the runways of New York, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.

Ola has recorded on air fashion segments with the Fox News Network. Please make contact if you are interested in booking her for a segment on your show.

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Sadie Kolves
Board Member - Team Gateway To A Cure

Sadie Kolves is a small business owner. She specializes in Personal Training and Nutrition. Sadie also is a team member with Nerium International.  Nerium’s focus is on anti-aging of the face, body, and mind. 

Previously Sadie was a Member of the BCIRB (Belleville Community Institutional Review Board) as a coordinator and voting Member for 9 years. The BCIRB is a joint board for Memorial Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Anderson Hospital.

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Tim Petterson
Honorary Board Member - Team Gateway To A Cure

I am a local IL/MO business man who founded two companies and we have been going strong for 24 years now. For the last year I have been looking for some kind of foundation to join because I’d like to give back to the community for all it has done for me. I’ve known Jen for some time now and have been watching her start this from the beginning. The energy and excitement surrounding Jen and Team Gateway To A Cure’s link with the Michael J. Fox Foundation peaked my curiosity, which led me to research foundations in the area and I knew I’d found the one.


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Tim Brunette
Director of Strategic Partnerships - Team Gateway To A Cure

As the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Team Gateway To A Cure, Tim brings 20 + years of experience in Strategic Partnerships, Sales, Marketing, New Business Development, National Account Sales Management, Promotions, and Advertising.  Tim has worked for Anheuser-Busch, NBC Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and has been a Media Consultant since 2010.  Tim has also volunteered with the following charities and organizations:  The Albert Pujols Family Foundation, Responder Rescue, Special Olympics Soccer Coach, CYC (Catholic Youth Council) Coach for Soccer, Softball & Baseball, as well as a Select Baseball Coach.  You can find more information on Tim at

If you have interest in partnering with Team Gateway, please send an e-mail to

“I’m very excited to join Team Gateway To A Cure so I can assist them locally in St. Louis, regionally and nationally in raising money for Parkinson’s awareness, research, and education.”

Kelly Ott
Honorary Board Member - Team Gateway To A Cure

I am a Registered Nurse specializing in research and hemodynamic monitoring and passionate about improving the outcome of patients.

I am also an Alumni Rams Cheerleader and have known Jen since 1995.  I learned about the Michael J. Fox Foundation many years ago when Jen started raising awareness and money for Parkinson's with her 5K events. Raising money in order to find a cure for Parkinson's is near and dear to my heart as my grandfather passed away from complications resulting from Parkinson's disease.
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Jeff Maher
Board Member - Team Gateway To A Cure

I have known Jen for a number of years and greatly admired her tireless work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and now with Team Gateway To A Cure. As an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery, I have encountered many patients with Parkinson's Disease in my career and seen the multitude of challenges they face along with their caregivers and loved ones. Something as seemingly simple as putting in eyedrops for glaucoma can be no small task, and I often find myself wishing I could do more to help these wonderful people and their families.

When I got the opportunity to join Team Gateway To A Cure, I jumped at the chance. The positivity and creativity of the organization in finding new ways to highlight Parkinson's Disease and raise awareness of ways to help was something I knew I wanted to be a part of. I'm looking forward to seeing where TGTC goes next in the fight against this disease.