It is with mixed feelings that I announce my retirement as President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California (EFNC). I too have epilepsy and personally understand the importance of EFNC's work.
No other job could be more satisfying than working for you.
I have thoroughly enjoyed increasing EFNC programs and educating our Northern California community. Because one in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime, working to support people who have epilepsy and to educate the 99% of people who don't, has been a tremendously gratifying experience.
During my tenure, EFNC trained thousands of people in
Seizure Recognition and First Aid
. We have increased Youth Programs, with many new campers attending our
Coelho Epilepsy Youth Summer Camp
as well as many return campers--all who rely on
for friendship and just plain FUN! In addition, in 2015 EFNC held its first-ever Mighty Mike
Bounce Out the Stigma Basketball Camp
. In 2016, EFNC will add a second camp in Sacramento.
We have been able to expand outreach to
, providing family, school nurse, caregiver and teacher trainings through a dedicated group of more than 100 enthusiastic volunteers--including nurses and physicians. We have increased services to the Hispanic population through translation and outreach.
We have increased communication to the epilepsy community through regular monthly newsletters as well as special 'News Flashes' which highlight physicians, research, and other important developments.
In 2015, Gala attendance and sponsorships increased by 20%. EFNC has a new website making it easier to find information, to contact EFNC, and to complete program and other applications online.
We are grateful for a major partnership with
stores. Savers supports epilepsy programs through monthly gifts. Stores are located in Berkeley, Dublin, and Vacaville.
Drop off your gently used items to help epilepsy programs
for the highest quality recycled items you'll ever find, from toys to kitchen items to furniture to clothing--all in a clean, well-organized and friendly environment!
Nothing happens without a team effort. Board and Professional Advisory Board members and many other volunteers worked to bring all of this together. The
Professional Advisory Board
has doubled in size and eight new Directors were welcomed to the
Board of Directors
. We were able to add additional staff including part-time
Volunteer and Event Coordinators
Again, Thank You for these years of deeply meaningful work.
I wish you continued strength as you care for your loved ones, your clients or yourself and deal with the demanding needs of epilepsy
. Have courage as
continue to enrich and educate the world by speaking up about epilepsy and by urging your friends, family and caregivers to do the same. The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California will be by your side! I'm sure I'll see some of you again as I return to volunteer and I hope you will join me! For now, extend a
warm welcome to EFNC's new Executive Director, Jody Iorns
On a more personal note, I look forward to enjoying a slower pace, spending time with my family, gardening, traveling, hiking, singing, cycling, kayaking, reading, and more!
I wish you a wonderful 2016, and for all of us, more education, more programs and a cure for epilepsy.
Hiking in Utah
With love and all good wishes,
Welcome to Jody Iorns,
New Executive Director
Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California
I never dreamed we would find an Executive Director of Jody's caliber for EFNC. Jody and I have been working closely for the last three months--she has already demonstrated her skill and knowledge and is well prepared to take EFNC to its next level of development.
The Board and staff are excited about Jody's skills and experience as a nonprofit leader. We are thrilled to welcome Jody to the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California as Executive Director.
For more details about Jody and Foundation plans for 2016, watch for an announcement next week.
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