Team Fox North Texas

TFNT is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and creating awareness for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and research through community involvement in North Texas, Wisconsin and surrounding areas, Since 2009.

TFNT is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and creating awareness for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and research through community involvement in North Texas, Wisconsin and surrounding areas, Since 2009.

MEET THE BOARD

Pam Wood

Ambassador for Partners in Parkinson's- the Michael J Fox Foundation.

Tennis Sales at BSN Sports

As a Parkinson's patient, Pam admits fundraising to cure Parkinson's is partially a self serving endeavor.  Meeting other Young Onset patients fueled an urgency do something about it. She joined Team Fox in 2013 and along with her tennis team raised over $46,000 at her Western Swing for Team Fox event. Her passion for living well despite PD and raising awareness for Parkinson's is infectious.

 

Ken Martin

Ken is a founding member of TFNT and an active volunteer and participant at its functions. In addition to his professional career as Senior Marketing Director of Client Development for the Law Offices of Palmer, Reifler & Associates, Ken utilizes his professional marketing talents and expertise to aid in the efforts of TFNT. His experience in fundraising and event planning for a number of non-profit organizations and charities through his church and fraternal alumni association, have proven invaluable. Additionally, Ken serves as a dedicated board member for both his church and alumni association. Ken lives in Colleyville with his wife of 18 years and their three children.

 

Jill Bares

Jill serves as the Head Coordinator for our Wisconsin branch. Having seen PD up close in afflicted family members, Jill is committed to spreading the word and helping battle Parkinson’s. As a volunteer with other local Parkinson’s organizations, Jill is well-versed in fundraising, event planning and overall rabblerousing in the name of PD. In addition to her career as a Business Analyst for a computer software company, Jill is a perpetual volunteer for many causes in her community where she lives with her two children and husband.

 

April Culver

April brings almost 30 years of non-profit management and fundraising experience, currently executive director of Challenge Air.  April is responsible for the management of fundraising, public relations, marketing, social media, and administration as well as over site on coordination of all Fly Day events.  April's love for children with special needs began in the early 80's when she completed her Master's degree in Adapted & Developmental Physical Education.  She received her undergraduate degree from TCU in Kinesiology.

April has served in various directorship roles with Texas Special Olympics, American Heart Association, Cancer Research Foundation, The American Red Cross, Tri Delta Foundation and Texas Christian University. Special needs children and youth hold a special place in April’s heart. There is no greater joy to her than making the difference in the life of a child.  April is a cancer survivor and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014.

 

Gary Schmitz

Gary, founding member and team mascot, was diagnosed with PD in 2000. Having fought this battle from age 38, Gary understands the challenges personally and strives to support others in their fight against the disease. He is a member of the Dallas Young Onset Group, he is committed to the cause and works 24/7 to spread awareness. Gary, had DBS surgery in 2013 and by mid-2014 was forced to retire from his day job due to the progression of his disease. Gary Published a book There is Life after Parkinson's: How to Take the Fight to Parkinson's about his battle with Parkinson’s in late 2012. If you are interested in a copy contact Gary via the form on the contact page. Watch his My life after video about finding hope after Parkinson's.

 

Cathy Schmitz

Devoted wife and future caregiver of founding member Gary, Cathy actively supports all fundraising activities and attends Parkinson’s-related events, group meetings, and seminars. She also serves as the TFNT Secretary. Cathy works at the Thompson, Coe, Cousins, and Irons Law Firm as a Legal Secretary.

 

Becky Bowen

Becky is a speech-language pathologist who has been in practice for over 24  years.  She is passionate about improving voice and swallowing impairments in people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  She is currently in the process of opening a private practice

specializing in the treatment of communication and swallowing disorders resulting from  PD and other neurogenic disorders. Becky has also developed a comprehensive program for PD including individual and group therapy at the hospital where she is currently working.   Becky resides with her husband and 2 teenage sons.

 

Gavin Mogan

Gavin Mogan is self-employed in the commercial real estate valuation industry.  He has worked in some form of real estate valuation for more than 20 years.  Gavin was diagnosed with PD in 2008 at the age of 38.  He has become increasingly involved in PD causes and sometimes writes about his personal experiences.  Gavin stays in shape by canvasing his home turning off lights and by chasing down those responsible to issue reminders that Santa’s reindeer are dying from climate change.  He lives in Richardson, TX with his wife, 10-year-old son, and 6-year-old daughter.

 

 

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