New board will help connect traditional and digital efforts for greater scale and impact
BOWIE, MD., August 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Epilepsy Foundation recently selected Jeff Parent as Chairman of its Board of Directors; Mr. Parent succeeds Bradley P. Boyer, Esq., who served as president for two years. In addition, the Foundation elected nine new members to the Board of Directors. Together with the Foundation’s People Leadership, the Board will advance the organization’s efforts to expand its national network of services and support through enhanced digital infrastructure to better connect people with epilepsy. to care and resources wherever they are.
“I am delighted and honored to have this opportunity to serve on the board of directors of The Epilepsy Foundation,” said Mr. Parent, President and CEO of Gulf States Toyota in Texas. “As a person with epilepsy and a father of a child with epilepsy, I am excited to work with current and new board members to continue to bring about positive change for our community. As President, I am honored to help the Foundation leverage cutting-edge technology and traditional marketing strategies to reach and engage everyone affected by epilepsy.”
The Epilepsy Foundation Board of Directors plays an important role in driving the strategic vision of the organization, and each member brings a wealth of expertise and personal connection to improving the lives of people with epilepsy:
- Abraham M. Glaser, PCM, Senior Financial Advisor, Silverleaf Financial: Mr. Glaser brings 20 years of deep professional expertise in finance and advocacy, as well as first-hand knowledge of living with epilepsy.
- Josh Golden, Chief Marketing Officer, Quad: Mr. Golden has over two decades of marketing, branding, media and content experience, including former President and Publisher of Adage. He has lived with epilepsy since he was 13 and has recently begun exploring how he can apply his marketing savvy to combat the stigma associated with it.
- Ali Heron, Chief Technology Officer, Petal: Ms. Heron brings over 20 years of technology industry experience; she has an epileptic child.
- Wasim Q. Malikdoctorate, Managing Partner, Iaso Ventures: Dr. Malik has over 20 years of experience in life sciences, management and academic research. He is closely involved in investing and mentoring many epilepsy-related start-ups.
- Michael T. McDonnell, III, Managing Partner, Kutak Rock LLP: Mr. McDonnell is an attorney with extensive experience representing non-profit organizations that provide services to people with disabilities. He has a son with focal epilepsy.
- Angelique RoizAudit Partner, Non-for-Profit & Higher Education Practices, Grant Thorton, LLP, USA: Ms. Roiz brings extensive nonprofit expertise in accounting and finance, as well as federal grant compliance. Her desire to volunteer for an organization dedicated to neuro-research and helping affected families is what brought her to the Epilepsy Foundation.
- Marc Theeuwes, Chief Executive Officer and President, Receptor Life Science: Mr. Theeuwes has extensive experience in biopharmaceuticals, including the FDA regulatory approval pathway for the development and commercialization of novel therapies. Receptor Life Science develops therapies for central nervous system disorders, including epilepsy. He and his wife, Michelle, have an epileptic daughter.
- Matt Tifft, former NASCAR driver and current co-owner of Live Fast Motorsports: Mr. Tifft brings years of experience in business, fundraising and brand marketing. He is an epileptic and the youngest co-owner of a Cup Series team. He was also recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2022.
- Mary Weldon, Independent Producer and Casting Agent: Ms. Weldon has years of experience in the finance and entertainment industries. She has spent over a decade in stock sales and trading; she has also served on several non-profit boards. She has one child, two siblings and an epileptic mother.
“We are honored and grateful to this incredible group of experienced and successful business leaders and professionals who join our Board of Directors,” said Laura Thrall, President and CEO, Epilepsy Foundation. “Their professional expertise and personal journeys in the field of epilepsy are invaluable to The Epilepsy Foundation as we further expand our impact to carry out our mission effectively and directly with our community.”
For a complete list of board members, please visit epilepsy.com/about/leadership.
According to World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder in the world, regardless of age, race, social class, nationality or geography. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.4 million people in United States are affected by epilepsy, about 1 in 26 people. Epilepsy is the brain’s underlying tendency to produce seizures, which are sudden, abnormal bursts of electrical energy that disrupt brain function. In addition to people with epilepsy, one in ten people will have only one seizure in their lifetime.
About the Epilepsy Foundation
With a network of partners across United States, the Epilepsy Foundation is leading the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy. The Foundation connects people to treatment, support and resources; leads advocacy efforts; funds innovative research and the training of specialists; and educates the public about epilepsy and seizure first aid. For more than five decades, The Epilepsy Foundation has brought epilepsy to light to promote awareness and understanding, and to advocate for laws that matter to people with epilepsy, while funding epilepsy research and supporting investigators and epilepsy specialists early in their careers. In partnership with the CDC, the Epilepsy Foundation has helped improve access to care for people with epilepsy, expanded its digital reach and online resources to homes across the country, and trained more than 600 000 people in crisis recognition and first aid. The Epilepsy Foundation has also helped more than 140,000 people through its 24/7 helpline, and continues to focus on innovation, new therapies, community service, advocacy rights and education as key priorities. To find out more visit epilepsy.fr or call 1.800.332.1000. follow us on Facebook, Twitter, instagram, LinkedIn, ICT Tac and Youtube.
SOURCE Epilepsy Foundation