About the Foundation

The Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s (PFP) mission is to support and enhance lives of people with Parkinson’s, their care partners and families to achieve their highest possible quality of life through awareness, education, and programs within a caring community.


Brent Peterson

After more than 20 years as a player in the NHL and coach for the Portland Winter Hawks and Nashville Predators, Brent Peterson was forced to retire due to the advancement of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). In 2009, Brent Peterson started the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s (PFP). In subsequent years, he underwent the radical Deep Brain Stimulation procedure and later released My Toughest Faceoff, an autobiography detailing his career and battle with Parkinson’s. Today he leads PFP in the continued fight to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s.


Debbie Lowenthall

Executive Director

Kristy Howard

Associate Executive Director

Kate Fiorianti

Marketing Director

Board Members

Tami Peterson

Phil Baker

Tom Davis

Jason Hill

John Holmes

Pete Kopscak

Jay Lowenthal

Eva Marx

Kristin Peterson Smith

Gavenn Ross

Ramona Ross

Diane Sacks

Gail Torrence

Advisory Board Members

Lynn Ellsworth

John Overmyer

Chris Stout