About Team Quinn

Bobby and Michele are very blessed, fortunate to have extraordinary friends and family and a tremendous support system. Fully aware that this is not the case for many ALS patients and families they wanted to pay it forward.

Early on in Bobby’s diagnosis he and his wife discovered the ALS Association’s DC/ Maryland / Virginia chapter which holds a 5k walk every October in Richmond, to raise money for the ALS Association. Bobby and Michele started a team which quickly grew into almost 200 people! One of those supporters was a friend named Billy Dixon. Billy took it upon himself to have t-shirts made for the team which he appropriately named TEAM QUINN.

If you are reading this, then you likely understand how expensive ALS is. Friends of Bobby’s started organizing fund-raising events for he and his wife. Members of his Business Networking International group started a You Caring account, similar to a Go Fund Me account. Next to kick off the fund-raising effort was Tommy Mitchell. Bobby and Tommy played football together in high school. They lost touch over the years, running into each other again shortly before Bobby was diagnosed. In addition to becoming a police officer, Tommy is also the lead singer in a local country music band. Bobby and Tommy picked up right where they left off years ago and are now like brothers. Wanting to help in some way, Tommy came up with the idea of reaching out to other people he knew in the local music scene and putting together a music event he named Country Kickin ALS!

Along with Country Kickin which is coming up on it’s 4th annual event this fall, many other friends came up with fund raising ideas. Chuck Sardelis who home brews beer started “Beers for Bobby”, Mike Hatch and Joe Dunn were instrumental in organizing the Quinn Classic Fighting ALS golf tournament, the 2nd annual tournament is at the Birkdale Golf Club on September 21, 2020. William Evans who also went to high school with Bobby organized the Bobby Quinn ALS Awareness Day at Colonial Harley Davidson which began in the morning with a 60 mile motorcycle ride through back country roads of Prince George consisting of close to 30 riders with Bobby leading the pack sitting comfy in a side car! Laymetha Guy who has the voice of an angel created The Season of Giving, a phenomenal, gospel based musical event which was held for the 2nd year in a row last December 2019. So many others have joined Team Quinn’s mission and continue to support Bobby and Michele in a multitude of ways, big and small.

In July 2019 Bobby’s neurologist at the ALS clinic felt that he had 18 months or less to live. One of the many thoughts and questions speeding through Bobby’s mind after this news was “What’s going to happen to the fund-raisers?” He asked his wife if she would do her best to keep the fund raisers going and use the money to help other patients with ALS. It was that day that Bobby and Michele started researching how to start a non-profit and Team Quinn was born!

Our mission is to pay it forward. We want to share our good fortune and tremendous blessings of generosity from friends and family, with others who are fighting the same battle.

Together, we are all members of TEAM QUINN!

Meet the Team Quinn Board

Michele Quinn

Michele Quinn

President and Chief Caregiver

Michele and Bobby were married March 12, 2016 and less than 90 days later Bobby began having ALS symptoms. Prior to ALS reeking havoc on their life, Michele and Bobby enjoyed kayaking, long rides on their touring Harley Davidson, visiting wineries, traveling and spending time with friends. Michele attended Virginia Commonwealth University and has 27 years experience working in the legal field as a Paralegal. She is a born caregiver having spent countless hours caring for her mother, father, aunt and uncle, all who have passed on. Michele is now dedicating her time to caring for her husband Bobby and raising money for other Virginia families who are on the same journey.

Anne Gilson

Anne Gilson

Treasurer and Brains behind the Operation

Anne holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and has more than 25 years experience in Human Resource management. She is also a motivational speaker and speaks regularly at national conferences, seminars, workshops, and meetings. Anne enjoys playing golf and has served as Chairperson and member of the Brandermill Country Club Charity Golf Tournament for eight years which has raised over $475,000. Active church member, career coach and volunteer for several non-profit organizations Anne also finds time to travel and enjoy the outdoors. Her enthusiasm, lively personality and genuineness allow her to connect with people and easily raise awareness of ALS.

Crystal Duke

Crystal Duke

Secretary and TQ Cheerleader

Crystal was born and raised in Chesterfield, VA. She has dedicated 15 years to healthcare management including hands-on patient care. Crystal has combined her love for people and craft beer while working at Steam Bell Beer Works, which is how she had the honor of meeting Bobby and Michele. Crystal also enjoys volunteering for community, charitable fundraisers and has successfully spear-headed food, coat, and book drives. With her go-getter attitude and the ability to build strong positive relationships, intertwined with her networking skills, Crystal’s goal is raise awareness and money to assist those affected by ALS.

Dani Fink

Dani Fink

Event Coordinator and self-proclaimed Board Member-aholic

A native Jersey girl, Dani graduated from Catawba College in NC and has been married to her husband Mark for 31 years. Dani and Mark have three kids. Two of Dani’s sisters were diagnosed with ALS within three months of each other. Her sister Patti lost her battle in 2018 and other sister Stacy just recently passed away this Easter Sunday. Dani has served as a tireless volunteer over the years for her kids sports teams, Boosters, PTA’s, HOA’s and just about every board you can name. With her family’s experience, her own direct connection to the disease and new cherished friendship with Bobby and Michele, Dani’s heart was led to serving as a board member on Team Quinn in hopes of raising awareness and money to help others battling the disease.

Jeff Hanner

Jeff Hanner

Data and Numbers Boss

Jeff attended the University of Virginia and spent the majority of his professional career managing data. He retired in April of 2019, which coincided with when his wife (Vicki) began showing symptoms of ALS. Vicki’s ALS journey was a short one and she passed away in January of 2020. Jeff and Vicki were married for 41 ½ years and have two children. Heading into retirement, he wasn’t sure what activities he was going to pursue. After being Vicki’s primary caregiver, he knew what he needed to do. Jeff decided that he would devote a significant amount of his time to supporting other families dealing with ALS. Jeff’s kind smile backed by his excitement and spunk make him an ideal supporter of the Team Quinn Mission.

ALS was first discovered 150 years ago in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Yankees baseball player Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease.

In 2018, in Ada, Michigan, EIGHT YEAR OLD Miss Kennedy Arney was diagnosed with juvenile ALS. JUST SEVEN at the time, she became the youngest person diagnosed with the illness in the United States as of September 14, 2019.

Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS and someone dies from it.

About 90 percent of ALS cases occur without any family history. The remaining 10 percent of ALS cases are inherited through a mutated gene.

Half of all people affected with ALS live between three and five years. Twenty percent live five years or more. Up to 10 percent will live more than 10 years.

60% of ALS patients are men. Military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS.