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

Board Members

Tami Peterson

Bret Fincher

Chris Stout

Gavenn Ross

Jay Lowenthal

Jerry Mayo

John Holmes

Phil Baker

Ramona Ross

Pete Kopscak

Scott Torrence

Lynn Ellsworth

Ashley Hood

Tom Davis

John Overmyer

John Tso