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Chapter Advisory Board

Epilepsy Foundation Florida is guided by a local advisory board that reports up through the national Board of Directors. The Advisory Board ensures that the needs of people in Florida are being met and helps provide the resources to deliver the mission in Florida.

Michael Brown, MS, MA | 
Director of Community Engagement

Michael Brown
Operational Leader, Data-Driven Strategist, and Change Agent
27+-year track-record of success in enabling achievement of non-profit organizational growth providing a diverse background across operational excellence, financial stewardship, and strategic leadership. Focused and mission-driven stakeholder, with a strong understanding of the voice and pulse of the community. Called on repeatedly to lead transformation initiatives and organizations to accelerate growth and drive change through strategic leadership and merger/acquisitions nationally.



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Michelle Barth | Jacksonville Symphony,  Assoc. VP of Advancement & External Affairs

Michelle Barth
Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Jacksonville
Served the U.S. Senate as the Northeast Florida Regional Director for Bill Nelson
Development Professional in Major Gifts, Individual Annual Fund, and Business Partnerships
Community Engagement and Government Relations Strategist




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Dr. Selim Benbadis | USF,  Neurologist

Dr. Selim Benbadis
Professor of Neurology at the University of South Florida.
Director of the USF /Tampa General Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
Has authored over 100 article and book chapters.
Serves on several Editorial Boards.




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Dr. Naomi Boyer | Education Design Lab,  Education Strategist

Dr. Naomi Boyer
President, NOME, LLC.
Director, Credentialing Products, Education Design Lab
President, of Public Education Partnership
Chair, Polk County Career Academies Advisory Board





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Judge Kevin Carey | JK Law Firm,  Attorney

Judge Kevin Carey
President, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Most Productive Young Lawyer Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association
Outstanding Board Member Award, Florida Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Board of Directors, Hillsborough County Bar Association




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Angela  Cuba-Diaz  | RSC Diagnostic,  Regional Account Executive

Angela Cuba-Diaz
Executive Sales leader at a fortune 500 company
Top customer service leader and coach award
Sales Excellence achievement award top 1%
President’s Club award winner





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Vanessa  Duncan | Self Employed

Vanessa Duncan
Epilepsy Foundation Florida Events Committee
Toastmasters International Member
Professional Artist -Solo and Group Exhibitions





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Kevin Fitzsimmons | Manfitz Law Firm,  Attorney

Kevin Fitzsimmons
Board Certified Trial Attorney
Top rating of “A-V” from the national Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Selected as a 2008 Florida Super Lawyer
Author: Discovery in International Arbitration Vol. 7:5




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Maggie Fitzsimmons | Florida State University,  Student (Pre-Clinical Professions)

Maggie Fitzsimmons
Senior at Florida State University majoring in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences
First Responder through FSU Medical Response Unit
Research assistant in the Cognitive Affective Neuroscience lab of Dr. Li
Research assistant in the Evolutionary Psychology lab of Dr. Maner





Dr. LaTeya  Foxx | Memorial Neurology,  Medical Director, Neuro-hospitalist

Dr. LaTeya Foxx
Medical Director of Memorial Neurology
American Academy of Neurology
American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists
Northeast Florida Medical Society





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Risa  Hayward | Self Employed

Risa Hayward
Case Manager for LLIS
Long-term Client for EFSCF





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Dr. Diane Hernandez | Pharmaceutical Laboratory Dept,  R&D Scientist

Dr. Diane Hernandez







Dr. Stephanie MacIver | USF,  Neurologist

Stephanie Maclver
Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida
Member of the Epilepsy Surgery Team at Tampa General Hospital
Tampa General Hospital out-patient clinic (for under serviced patient populations)




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Dr. Jaivir Rathore | Watson Clinic-Lakeland,  Neurologist

Jaivir S. Rathore, M.D.
Director, Epilepsy Division, Department of Neurology, Watson Clinic
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
Former Vice-Chair, Johns Hopkins Clinical Fellows Council, Baltimore, MD
Alumnus Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Co-Chair (Events) & Member, Florida State Professional Advisory Board, Epilepsy Foundation
Member, American Academy of Neurology & CME Committee, American Epilepsy Society




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Julianne  Raymond | Gainesville Chamber, Membership/Development

Julianne Raymond
Former Regional Advancement & Education Manager for Epilepsy Florida
Champion of Epilepsy Award Winner 2015
Epilepsy Advocate since diagnosis in 2008





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Shanon Rego | USF,  Student (Cell and Molecular Biology)

Shanon Rego
B.S Candidate Cell and Molecular Biology
USF Honors ‘22
Undergraduate Researcher at Kang Lab – USF Health Neuroscience Institute





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Dr. Joseph  Sirven  | Mayo Clinic,  Professor of Neurology and Chair Emeritus

Dr. Joseph Sirven
Editor in Chief of (The EF National website for 10 years.
Chair of the Epilepsy Foundation National PAB)
Member of the Board of Directors of the American Brain Foundation.
Former Chair of Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona BOD





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Francesca Yabraian | Diversity Staffing, Inc,  President

Francesca Yabraian
Management Specialist at the Department Homeland of Security
Texas Regional’s Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Winner
Served as the Executive assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration





For more information about the Epilepsy Foundation Florida Advisory Board, please contact Regional Director Gregg Fort at