CHUCK CARMEN has been EACF’s Executive Director since 1994. Chuck has been selected by Southeast Association Magazine as one of the four most influential Executives in the Southeast and is a Board Member of the Florida Society of Association Executives. Chuck is only the second Executive Director in EACF’s long history and, is the longest serving Epilepsy Executive Director in Florida. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of EACF, his experience and knowledge has certified him as an “expert witness” where he has testified in numerous high profile cases. Personally he has conducted hundreds of presentations, seminars, and training programs on all aspects of epilepsy as well as becoming one of the nation’s leaders in the education and prevention of Shaken Baby Impact Syndrome.
Steven S. Woods, CURRENT BOARD PRESIDENT LUTCF earned designations in 2010 as a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and is currently in the process of earning his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation. Steve helps employers implement and service existing group benefits, recommends changes when appropriate and helps communicate the benefits to employees on a regular basis. He handles all aspects of tracking for enrollments and terminations for employers as needed. In May of 2008 Elite Financial Partners was formed; a team of experienced advisors working together with one common goal: to help clients keep their promises.
EVAN SHEAR, CFP* has served on the board of directors and supported the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida for 5 years.Evan is a founding partner and Branch Manager of The CrossleyShear Group, the top ranking independent Raymond James Financial Services firm in Florida with main offices in Heathrow and Merritt Island. His dedication to client service and high standards of professional performance has earned him recognition and membership in Raymond James Executive and Leaders Councils for the last five years. Evan also serves as head coach on his son’s Lake Mary Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee Team, is a member of the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce, and teaches financial workshops for Florida Institute of Technology and Future Investors Clubs of America. He was introduced to EACF by friend Chuck Carmen and since then it has become one of his core charities.
SEAN M. FITZGERALD* was 2011’s board president and is a senior restaurant operations manager and developer. He is a former member of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and City of Lake Mary Code Enforcement board, and current member of the Board of Planning and Zoning. Sean has a personal cause for his involvement with EACF. His father has epilepsy that was trauma induced by injuries in Vietnam, and Sean’s son was born with Epilepsy. Sean intends to expand the image and presence of the EACF throughout Central Florida so that no one with epilepsy/seizure disorder lacks medical care regardless of economic circumstances.
KAY TAYLOR, MSN, ARNP has been committed to Pediatric neurosurgery and Pediatric neurology for 18 years helping children with neurological problems and seizures. So many children are affected with epilepsy in the United States and Orlando. It makes day-to-day living difficult, and touches all aspects of their lives. The Pediatric Neurology office has worked closely with the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida. Kay was the catalyst for the inaugural epilepsy walk raising money and awareness for children with seizures. Kay says, “If I can make a difference in the life of a child and their family, then my purpose is fulfilled!”
BILL DENIUS is Past-President and member of the Board Of Directors of the Epilepsy Association Of Central Florida, Inc. serving on the Board for several years. Bill is a partner and attorney with the law firm of Killgore, Pearlman, Stamp, Ornstein & Squires, P.A. As Past-President of the EACF, Bill has played an active role in the success of EACF; and intends to continue to assist and serve the EACF and our Central Florida communities in accomplishing its mission.
KRAN RILEY is the manager of Wayne Densch Charities and serves on the Community Action Board of Orange County and the YMCA Metro Board. His contributions to our Central Florida communities include, working with kids at the Darrell Armstrong basketball camp, and during the season he takes deserving kids to see the Orlando Magic. He also provides guidance to low-income families in order for them to learn to become self-sufficient and positive role models. Kran has been involved with the EACF since 2000 and joined the board in 2009. His personal commitment to the EACF and our Central Florida Community ensures that families receive the proper treatment and support for their loved ones affected with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Kran is dedicated to helping people and spreading the spirit of hope.
GEORGE NAHAS is a respected figure in the automotive industry throughout the Southeast. His General Motors dealerships receive consistent top honors in performance, service and customer satisfaction. In 2002 TIME Magazine named him the “Quality Dealer of the Year.” He is currently the director of the Central Florida Auto Dealers Association and the National Automobile Dealers Association and is actively working with congress in a supportive role. He is a featured media speaker and consults with broadcasters through the Conference for Television and Radio Executives Telvision Bureau of Advertising and the National Association of Broadcasters. George was a catalyst and benefactor in the development of the new CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center at Seminole State College in Seminole County Florida. He has held the position of Vice President on the Board of Directors for EACF since 2004.
Jeremy Waller is a nonprofit professional with a passion for development. He is a recent MBA graduate from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, where he was an Aspiring Nonprofit Leader Scholar. Jeremy received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida. He is a former Fellow for UCF’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Management. For his work he was nominated for an Academic Excellence Award from the American Society for Public Administration for his research on risk management in the nonprofit sector. He also holds a Certificate in Proposal Writing from the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College. Jeremy served as an intern with the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association and as an Alumni Relations and Development Intern for the Crummer Graduate School of Business. Currently he is Co-Chair of the Young Executives Committee at Lighthouse Central Florida, a member of AFP Central Florida, and serves on the board for the Adult Literacy League. Jeremy’s passions are public speaking, relationship building, and changing lives through fundraising. Jeremy has a personal family connection to epilepsy and is honored to be able to contribute to a cause that has meant so much to his own life. It is Jeremy’s goal to be an advocate for epilepsy and those affected and to bring ever more awareness and funding to the cause. Jeremy wants those affected by the disease to know that they are not alone, that they have voice, and that they have support through the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida.
Aaron B. Thalwitzer is a Partner at Widerman & Malek, PL in Melbourne, FL. Aaron practices commercial, real estate, insurance, and general litigation as well as intellectual property law. He is the President of the West Melbourne Business Association, Treasurer of the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Brevard County Bar Association, and a director of the Babcock Street Redevelopment CRA.
COLLEEN SALVAGE is the owner of AdDesign of Central Florida. She is a 30 year veteran of the advertising industry working with SunTrust, General Motors, Subaru, ABC Television, and the CF Auto Dealers Association. Colleen has assisted with major Congressional initiatives and is also the past president of the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida. She is currently involved with organizing the Chevrolet Fireball Run, headquartered at Universal Studios Florida.
SAUNDRA GRAY* and her husband Charlie (founding partner, Gray Robinson, PA) have been involved in the Epilepsy Association of Florida even prior to its formal institution in the early 1960’s. The Grays have served on the board of directors and supported the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida’s efforts to increase research, treatment, educate the public and help more patients and families. Saundra says, “We have a great opportunity to showcase cooperation with what is going to be a world-class medical school here in Central Florida. The University of Central Florida’s Medical School presence will enhance medical care and innovative thinking not only in Central Florida but throughout the state.” Saundra and Charlie Gray were the first couple to receive the LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities in an effort to improve the quality of life for current and future generations of Floridians. Saundra served on the Jacksonville Federal Reserve board and Atlanta Federal Reserve board, as well as the St. John’s River Water Management Governing Board for 8 years, 2 as Chairman. Saundra adds, “Our main purpose now with EACF is to push for more research and better treatment for those with Epilepsy.”
Ahmed Sadek, MD is the Director of Neurodiagnostic section, the epilepsy services and the epilepsy monitoring unit at Orlando Health. Dr. Sadek is also the founder and medical director of the Orlando Epilepsy Center and its state of the art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Dr. Sadek is double board-certified in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology and is also a fellowship-trained Epileptologist. With extensive training, a state of the art facility, and years of experience, Dr. Sadek is revered for helping patients with Epilepsy to identify and manage their seizures in order to live life to the fullest.
Denise Taylor, DO, specializes in Clinical Neurophysiology and is a female Neurologist specializing in epilepsy and women’s issues. She has joined the practice of Dr. Ronald Davis of Pediatric Neurology, P.A. in Orlando, Florida and is now accepting patients. Her area of expertise includes not only epilepsy but she is specifically interested in women’s issues in neurology including the treatment of migraines and seizures associated with menstrual cycles and pregnancy.
Miguel Ramos – Executive VNS Therapeutic Consultant, Cyberonics
Jennifer E. Felder – Vice President of MBAA-EAMBA 19
Michael Brown, MD
* – Past Board Presidents