About Us

Fighting epilepsy since 1993

Our Story

Every 4 minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with epilepsy. In the time it takes to read this, someone will hear the words “You have a seizure disorder…you have epilepsy.”

Our values are driven by the conviction of providing comfort and support for those who have nowhere else to turn. The Foundation is motivated by passion for people who are struggling with epilepsy that, to this day, continues to be misunderstood. We strive to help people with epilepsy to not define their lives by their diagnosis, but to lead active productive lives in supportive bully-free communities. The willingness to accept difficult challenges, through commitment to the community it serves, guides the organization’s unique understanding of the needs of individuals with epilepsy and their family.

Since we were founded in 1993, thousands of people with epilepsy and their families have received information, direct assistance, or have directly benefited from comprehensive medical, educational, and social services. Our programs and services include indigent seizure clinics; social case management; information & referral; outreach & support services; individual, community, and professional education; employment preparation services; and summer youth opportunities.

Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas is a non-profit, charitable agency designated as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. As one of 50 Epilepsy Foundation National Organization affiliates, we cover 79 Texas counties encompassing 89,199 square miles. We are the only organization dedicated to the health and welfare of 154,584 individuals with epilepsy residing in Central & South Texas.

Our Mission

To lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

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Affiliate Staff

Board of Directors

Michael Girouard
Brain Sentinel
President

Erin Allen
Vice-President

Gloria Onesty
Security Service FCU
Treasurer

Alison Packard
The Packard Law Firm
Secretary

Melanie Cox
Immediate Past President

Blake Anderson
LivaNova
Member

Trish Antuna
Security Service FCU
Member

Francesca Barajas
Visionworks
Member

Tracy Biltz
Brain Sentinal, Inc.
Member

Todd Cione
Oracle
Member

Jenise Diaz
Security Service FCU
Member

Maria Ellis
UCB, Inc.
Member

Barbara English
Minerva Group
Member

Jose Ochoa III
Bear Readymix
Member

Katherine Piland
Sirius Computer Solutions
Member

Scott Verstuyft
UCB, Inc.
Member

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